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MOB gunman imprisoned for 25 years for attempted murder

A “Cinderella” gunman who got caught for a gang shooting after leaving his shoe at the scene has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Anwar Muhammad, 22, was convicted by a jury in January of attempting to murder teenager Princeton Burrows.

Mr Muhammad was described by prosecutors as a high-ranking member of the MOB gang, who shot Mr Burrows because he was associated with the rival White Hill Crew.

The trial heard Muhammad was the pillion passenger on a motorcycle who opened fire on Mr Burrows, then 19, outside the Maximart store in Sandys around 3.45pm on August 23, 2010.

Locking Muhammad up yesterday for a total of 25 years, with 12 and a half to be served before he is eligible for parole, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said: “This was an unnecessary, voluntary, ruthless attempt to shoot a man to death in broad daylight.

“[It was] in a public place along a major highway, next to a popular supermarket and in proximity to residences, and without any regard for the safety and health of others who could also have been injured by a flying bullet.”

During the trial, witnesses reported up to ten bullets being fired, one of which hit bodywork on the front driver’s side of a passing taxi cab.

Mr Burrows suffered injuries to his thigh and index finger, and had to be flown to the US for treatment.

Muhammad and the getaway driver, who has not been brought to justice, concealed their faces with helmets.

Mr Burrows told the trial he was unable to identify his attackers.

The jury heard Muhammad, a barber of no fixed abode, was caught after dumping his clothes near Industrial Park Road in Southampton. Police found the clothes after receiving a tip-off less than an hour after the crime was committed.

The clothes; a white vest, black shirt and a black Adidas sneaker, had his DNA on them along with the victim’s blood.

Muhammad left his other sneaker on the road at the scene as he fled, prompting prosecutor Carrington Mahoney to dub him the “Cinderella of crime” during the trial.

The jury also heard how damning photographs were found on Muhammad’s cell phone when it was seized by police, depicting him making gang and gun signals with his fingers and posing with MOB jewellery.

He also showed off his MOB tattoo in the cell phone pictures, and an audio recording he made on his phone caught him talking about guns and bullets with his friends.

Defence lawyer Marc Daniels yesterday dismissed the notion that the shooting was a “gang offence”.

However, he acknowledged the impact of the recent spate of gun crimes saying: “The community is disgusted, frustrated, scared and upset, that’s without question.”

Sentencing Muhammad, Mr Justice Greaves said he cannot understand why young men are committing such crimes when Bermuda has so much to offer them.

“I’ve heard many of these cases in this jurisdiction and I have yet to see a single one that made any sense,” he commented.

Cinderella gunman who was caught for a gang shooting after leaving his shoe at the scene. Anwar Muhammad, 22. March 14,2012

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Published March 15, 2012 at 9:50 am (Updated March 15, 2012 at 9:50 am)

MOB gunman imprisoned for 25 years for attempted murder

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