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 an alleyway 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 to Netherwood Street before collapsing.

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

Witnesses described the suspect, who fled in the direction of the Webheath Estate, as a slim white male wearing jeans and a dark hooded top with the hood up and his lower face covered.

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.

All three are due to be sentenced on 27 November.

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.

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, who had driven him to the scene. 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.

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 given today 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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