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Gangster gunman convicted of attempted murder

A gangster gunman identified by the man he tried to kill is facing a lengthy sentence after being convicted of attempted murder.

Quincy Brangman, 32, brazenly showed his face to victim Nathan Darrell before shooting him three times at close range in his neck, chest and thigh.

Doctors were amazed Mr Darrell survived his injuries but he lived to tell a jury of the moment that he looked his would-be killer in the eyes.

Police named Brangman during the trial as a member of west-end gang Money Over B**tches. Prosecutors believe he targeted Mr Darrell for disrespecting his gang.

Speaking last night after a jury convicted Brangman of attempted murder and using a firearm, Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro said: “The victim was shot by Mr Brangman and he lived to tell about it, and that's the story of this case.

“He was brave enough to come forward and give evidence and his shooter has been convicted. That speaks volumes for Mr Darrell. It was said he was no angel but no-one has the right to try and take someone's life.”

Mr Darrell admitted during his testimony that he was carrying a gun himself around the time of the shooting.

However, he denied being armed at the time Brangman approached his car and opened fire on Kitchener Close, Sandys, around 2.15am on February 13.

Mr Darrell admitted he's a person who “treads on toes” but told jurors “I defend what's right.”

He acknowledged that he's taunted gang members from Pembroke-based Parkside and Somerset-based MOB in the past.

He once told Parksiders “come bring your guns, come get me” while playing an away game for the Ireland Rangers football team in town.

And, he told Brangman during a past run-in: “You're not a real killer”.

He made no reference to gang issues during his testimony, but police gang expert Alexander Rollin told the jury MOB operates like a close-knit family and will seek revenge on anyone who crosses them.

Mr Darrell told the jury there was a rumour on the streets that he shot at a home in Cook's Hill Road, Sandys, on New Year's Day.

Brangman and his cousin Ashley Wellman named by Sgt Rollin as another MOB member lived in the home at the time, although no-one was injured.

Forensic evidence was also called in the prosecution case, showing that gunshot residue was found on a glove recovered by investigators which also had Brangman's DNA on it.

Det Ch Insp Pedro, who heads the Serious Crime Unit, said: “It was a case in which we felt we presented strong evidence to the jury and they've come back and accepted that.”

The case was the fifth shooting trial this year to result in a guilty verdict.

“I think it speaks to the quality of my team which, I'm very pleased to say, has only gotten better over the last year,” said the detective.

He confirmed that police have taken steps to safeguard Mr Darrell.

“Yes, witness protection has been a significant factor in this case, obviously, and it's a factor in other cases. That's one of the unfortunate by-products of the environment we're operating in.'

The verdicts against Brangman were unanimous, and came after the three men and nine women of the jury deliberated for two-and-a-half hours.

He showed no reaction to the outcome of the case, although supporters in the public gallery held hands in glum silence.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves remanded him into custody pending pre-sentence reports, and he must return to court on January 4.

Quincy Brangman is led from court after being found guilty of attempted murder.

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Published December 16, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 16, 2010 at 7:25 am)

Gangster gunman convicted of attempted murder

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