Sixteen years for Huddersfield shooters

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Two men have each been jailed for 16 years for shooting a gun at a car full of people, including a child.

Lionel Patrice and Stephen Harmon were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, following a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

The incident occurred on Walpole Road, Huddersfield on July 28, 2013.

The defendants shot twice at a car which was being driven along the road and contained three members of the public who had just asked for a lift.

One bullet hit a nearby parked vehicle and experts concluded that the bullet had been discharged from firearm with sufficient velocity to have killed somebody.

After committing the offence, Patrice and Harmon went on the run and were eventually arrested in Blackpool following a joint investigation between West Yorkshire Police and the Lancashire Constabulary.

The two main witnesses were commended by the Judge and awarded £500 pounds each from the public purse.

DC Sarah James of West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime) said: “The witnesses in this case have been extremely brave and played a major role in assisting us to achieve significant court sentences for one of the most serious forms of crime that we have to deal with.

“They were just innocent people in the wrong place and became the victims of an indiscriminate shooting.

“It is only luck that prevented any of the occupants of the vehicle being seriously or fatally injured.

“We hope this spreads the message that anyone discharging a firearm faces a significant prison sentence.”