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30 August 2018, 15:32
Simeon Liburd of Old Lodge Lane in Croydon, London, attended a house party in Kings Norton on Saturday 28 October 2017 where he became involved in an argument with another guest regarding the choice of music she was playing.
Birmingham Crown Court heard how during this disagreement the woman alleged she was assaulted by men at the party, including 23-year-old Liburd. She was taken to hospital by her family to be treated for her injuries, where she began receiving threatening phone calls from Liburd.
Just after 9pm, when she returned home, there was a knock at the door at her address in Winson Green. Her father, a 42-year-old man, answered the door and was faced with Liburd pointing a shotgun at him with two accomplices.
The man tried to push the gun away, but was shot in the leg before being dragged to safety inside the house. The family knew it to be retribution for the earlier incident at the party.
Armed officers attended the house and administered first aid to the man before he was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police then began enquiries and on Thursday 9 November last year, Liburd was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after being linked to the phone calls.
Liburd has today been sentenced to life for attempted murder with a minimum of 15 years to be served in prison, with five of those to be served concurrently for possession of a firearm.
DS Phil Hinton from the Force Investigation team, said: “This is a clear message to those illegally handling firearms and involved in acts of violence... You won’t get away with it.
“The man is still recovering from his injuries many months on and is likely to have permanent scarring.
“Thankfully a life was not cruelly taken away on this occasion, but nothing takes away the pain from the trauma caused. I hope the family involved can feel that justice has been served.”
Anyone with information on those with illegal firearms is urged to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.