FOUR men were jailed yesterday (15) after being found guilty of conspiracy to murder following the shooting of a 30-year-old man in Northolt.

Leon De’Silva, 23, Rached Itani, 21, and Yasser Ibrahim, 25, all from West London, each received 27 years at the Old Bailey.

Lielay Areguy, 30, also from West London, was jailed for 18 years at the same hearing.

All four were found guilty at the same court in May.

The incident happened in March 2019, at around 11pm, when it is believed two of the suspects knocked on a door in Academy Gardens, Northolt after arriving in a stolen Range Rover.

A woman opened the door into the hall of her flat and saw the face of a man who said: ‘Hello darling’. This worried her as she was not expecting anyone and it was late.

Her boyfriend, aged 30, could also see two men standing in front of the door and, as he walked towards it, the letter box went dark as if someone was covering it.

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There was then a muzzle flash and the man was shot in the chest with a shotgun.

The girlfriend called for an ambulance and the suspects fled.

The victim was taken to hospital, where his injuries were found to be non-life threatening.

That same night, a police patrol came across the Range Rover, which was driving erratically.

A pursuit followed in which the driver failed to stop. The chase eventually came to an end and the driver, De’Silva, and the passenger, Itani, were initially arrested for driving offences but later linked to the shooting.

Analysis of a phone recovered from the car linked Areguy to the conspiracy. He helped the group carry out a recce of the Northolt address shortly before the shooting.

A forensic analysis of the car revealed Ibrahim’s fingerprints.