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1 May 2015, 16:34
A Birmingham gunman who shot at another man outside a nightclub has been jailed for ten years.
Following a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, Taniyha Beckford, aged 35,of Duchess Road, Ladywood, Birmingham jailed for ten years.
He had pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at an earlier court hearing.
The court heard that Beckford targeted his victim, a man aged in his 30s, outside the Pulse nightclub in Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, on 26 January 2014.
The victim was sitting in a car which was sprayed with bullets. Fortunately he was not injured.
Police carried out a search of Beckford’s home and discovered a loaded gun with 15 rounds of ammunition. The weapon was handed over to experts at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and they found that the Hungarian made FEG pistol had been used in the shooting outside Pulse nightclub.
CCTV placed Beckford at the scene and the actual shooting had been captured on camera.
Beckford was arrested in November 2014, charged and remanded in custody.
Detective Inspector Darren Crutchley, from West Midlands Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit, is satisfied that Beckford remains behind bars.
He said: “The sentence handed down today demonstrates how seriously the courts take gun crime. The victim in this case could have been killed.
“We would like to thank our colleagues at NABIS for their work which assisted our case and proved that the gun found at Beckford’s address was the same weapon used in the Pulse shooting.
“Gun crime levels across the West Midlands have fallen over the last decade and we will continue to work hard to keep our communities safe.”
Head of NABIS, Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, added: “This is a good example of how NABIS work with police forces to reduce gun crime and keep communities safe. We will continue to work in partnership with West Midlands Police to remove firearms and ammunition from the streets and bring offenders to justice.”