Gangster who accidentally shot and killed his friend with submachine gun in a car as they prepared to go on a ‘ride-out’ to attack rivals is facing jail
- Mohamed Muhyidin was found in a ditch near Heathrow with a gunshot wound
- Was accidentally shot and killed by Chiragh Amir Chiragh on Halloween, 2021
- Chiragh and two others were about to embark on a ‘ride-out’ to attack rivals
- Associate Mohammed Shakeel was found guilty of perverting course of justice
A gangster who accidentally shot and killed his friend with a submachine gun in a car as they prepared to go on a ‘ride-out’ to attack rivals is facing jail time.
Chiragh Amir Chiragh, 39, unintentionally killed 28-year-old Mohamed Muhyidin by blasting him in the back as they sat in a Toyota Prius outside a flat in Harlington High Street, west London, on Halloween last year.
The victim’s body was then driven and dumped in a ditch near Heathrow Airport where it was later discovered by a taxi driver.
Prosecutors say Chiragh and his associates were about to embark on a ‘ride-out’ in a Toyota Prius to attack unknown targets when he shot his friend with an Agram 2002 submachine gun fitted with a silencer.
Anthony Orchard KC said that the weapon could be loaded with up to 29 bullets. He also said that one of the flats in Harlington High Street was used for drug deals.
Isleworth Crown Court heard that Chiragh, along with Mohammed Shakeel, 29, and a 17-year-old, had argued with a group of other men at that flat the night before the shooting took place.
During the confrontation, Shakeel brandished an imitation firearm while Chiragh produced the fatal submachine gun.
Detectives at the scene later recovered a number of bullet cartridges while the silencer was discovered in the nearby flat.
Chiragh Amir Chiragh (pictured), 39, unintentionally killed 28-year-old Mohamed Muhyidin by blasting him in the back as they sat in a Toyota Prius on Halloween last year
Mr Muhyidin’s (pictured) body was then driven and dumped in a ditch near Heathrow Airport where it was later discovered by a taxi driver
Both Chiragh and Shakeel were arrested on November, while the 17-year-old was arrested four days later.
Chiragh, from Harrow, later told police he had been asked to transport the gun, which accidentally went off when he placed it on the back seat.
He was convicted by a jury of manslaughter and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Chiragh earlier admitted two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and perverting the course of justice.
Meanwhile Shakeel, from Barking, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
At around 6pm on the same day of the shooting, the 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons drove the car to Trout Lane, walked to a nearby petrol station and purchased a canister of fuel before setting the vehicle alight.
Associate Mohammed Shakeel (pictured), from Barking, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice
He admitted perverting the course of justice after he set the Prius alight.
Detective Inspector Lucy Carberry from the Met’s specialist crime command said: ‘Mohamed was shot and killed by his associate Chiragh Chiragh who was armed with a sub-machine gun. It is accepted that Chiragh accidentally discharged the firearm as both men were inside a car.
‘What they were doing in this car remains up for debate, although any plans were soon derailed by the shooting. This set off a chain of events that would lead down a completely different path for those involved.
‘Mohamed’s body was dumped and the car he was killed in was set alight as those involved desperately tried to cover their tracks.
‘Chiragh may not have intended to harm Mohamed Muhiyidin but it is clear that he, and his associates, were intent on harming someone that day.
Prosecutors say Chiragh and his associates were about to embark on a ‘ride-out’ in a Toyota Prius to attack unknown targets when he shot his friend in the back with an Agram 2002 submachine gun fitted with a silencer. Pictured: Isleworth Crown Court where the trial took place
‘Chiragh was armed with a lethal weapon and Shakeel with an imitation firearm prior to Mohamed’s death, which was seen on CCTV.
‘Post shooting, they then colluded and conspired in an attempt to cover up what had happened to Mohamed.
‘All played their part in this tragic story and all have quite rightly been made to face the consequences of their actions.
‘Mohamed’s family have attended court for the past seven weeks and listened intently as the events that unfolded that night have been described in detail. I would like to thank them personally for the calm and respectful manner displayed during such a traumatic time and I hope that today’s verdicts will provide some closure for them moving forward.’
All three will be sentenced on 10 February at Isleworth Crown Court.