Case: Shot dead in Kilburn: Yasir Beshira
Victim
Name:
Yasir Beshira
Gender:
Male
Date:
2016-12-08
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Gun
Killer
Name:
16 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Sammi Tesfazgi
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Rilind Tahiri
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Drug Related
Case synopsis:

Yasir Beshira, 21, was shot dead in a residential street off Kilburn High Road on 8 December 2016.

He was targeted by a lone gunman as he walked into Palmerston Road at around 5.19pm.

Mr Beshira suffred a gunshot wound to the abdomen and managed to make his way the main road before collapsing outside a café at the junction with Netherwood Street.

Paramedics were called to the scene but he was pronounced dead at 6.20pm from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

On 15 February 2017 a 16 year-old boy from Kilburn was charged with murder. The following day Rilind Tahiri, 22 (8/1/95), from Islington, and Sammi Tesfazgi, 20 (27/6/96), from Camden, were charged with murder.

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 14 August 2017. The jury convicted the 16 year-old and Tesfazgi of murder on 23 October 2017. Tahiri was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

On 27 November the 16 year-old was sentenced to detention at Her Majesty's Pleasure with a minimum of 20 years before parole. Tesfazgi was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 27 years before parole. Tahiri was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 14 years before parole.

Killers Sammi Tesfazgi (left, dark top) and Rilind Tahiri

The court heard Mr Beshira had been a member of a drug dealing gang and was known to sell cannabis and heroin in Palmerston Road.

Prosecutor Brian O'Neill QC told jurors: 'It might well be the case that it was his decision to go it alone that lead to his murder.'

On the evening of his death Mr Beshira had gambled in a William Hill shop before heading to Palmerston Road to meet one of his customers.

It was claimed Tesfazgi organised the attack, the 16 year-old was the gunman and Tahiri the getaway driver.

The 16 year-old is thought to have concealed himself behind bins before shooting Mr Beshira and fleeing on foot into the Webheath Estate.

He then drove away in a stolen car with Tesfazgi and Tahiri. After the shooting, Tahiri set fire to the car in a bid to destroy evidence.

The gun used in the murder was later linked to a non-fatal shooting in Camden on 29 September 2016.

Judge Lucraft told the gunman: 'You were 15 when this shooting took place. This appears to have been a specific targeting of the victim after he left a drugs line to go it alone.

'It was a planned and targeted shooting and was carried out in front of witnesses on a busy street.'

DCI Partridge said: 'This shocking attack was carried out during rush hour in a very busy residential location. I want to thank those members of the public who came forward to try and save Yasir after he was shot and those who greatly assisted the police investigation.

'I understand that nothing will bring Yasir back to his family, but hope that the verdicts will bring a measure of comfort to his family and friends.

'This was a complex and protracted investigation and these convictions serve to remind those planning such violent attacks on our streets that they will be pursued and brought to justice for their actions.'

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