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Three men face life behind bars for murder of teacher


Sabrina Moss, 24, died in hospital after a double shooting while out celebrating her birthday

Sabrina Moss, 24, died in hospital after a double shooting while out celebrating her birthday

Sabrina Moss, 24, died in hospital after a double shooting while out celebrating her birthday

Three violent drug dealers are facing life behind bars for murdering a nursery school teacher who became caught up in a bloody turf war during a night out celebrating her 24th birthday with friends.

Hassan Hussain, Yasin James and Martell Warren were found guilty of murdering Sabrina Moss and the attempted murder of her friend Sabrina Gachette, 25, following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The young women were gunned down outside a fast food restaurant by two hooded men armed with a machine gun and a shotgun in the early hours of Saturday August 23 last year.

Miss Moss was shot in the heart and died later in hospital. Miss Gachette was hit in the back by more than 50 gunshot pellets and was lucky to survive.

They were not the intended targets of the shooting but were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, sheltering from the rain with a group of about 15 others in north west London.

During the 10-week trial, jurors were told how Miss Moss, who had recently moved into a new flat in Neasden with her partner and their four-year-old son, had taken the day of Friday August 23 off work to get ready for her birthday party, meeting friends at home.

That evening they went to the Love & Liquor nightclub in Kilburn High Road, north west London, and throughout the night others joined their group.

Meanwhile, Warren, Hussain and James planned the shooting carefully, carrying out surveillance on their targets before launching their attack an hour before dawn outside the Woody Grill.

The women were thrown together with the targets - members of the South Kilburn Gang - because it was raining on the night of the shooting and they had taken shelter under a shop awning by the Woody Grill.

Gunmen Hassan Hussain and Yasin James could not have failed to spot the young women in their party clothes amid the rest of the group dressed in casual streetwear, the court heard.

Dressed in a bright red dress and high heels, Miss Moss would have stood out from the crowd like a beacon in the night, the Old Bailey was told.

Regardless, Hussain discharged the Mac 10 "spray and pray" machine gun six times and James fired both barrels of the shotgun at near point blank range before fleeing in a car driven by Warren.

Although the exact reason for the shooting was unclear, it was connected to a drug-dealing turf war and deep-seated animosity with members of the South Kilburn Gang.

The court heard that Warren was a convicted drug dealer and member of the Kensal Green Boys or Bloods, known as the KGB.

When he gave evidence in the trial, Warren implicated Hussain and James in the shooting but denied his own involvement, saying he was just there to do a drug deal.

In turn, Hussain and James said Warren was a "dirty lying scumbag" who had only named them to protect the real killers.

Police said the Mac 10 machine gun which killed Miss Moss had been used before in the West Midlands and in London in 2009, 2012, and January last year at the Poolcrest Snooker Club in Kilburn High Road.

Hussain, 29, of Willesden; Warren, 23, from Kensal Green; and James, 20, from Wembley, were also found guilty of the attempted murder of Mahad Ahmed and Edson Da'Silva, possession of a Mac 10 machine gun with intent to endanger life, and possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

And they were found guilty, along with a fourth defendant - Simon Baptiste, 29, from Cricklewood - of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm between August 22 and August 25 last year.

All four defendants will be sentenced at the Old Bailey by Judge Stephen Kramer QC from 2pm today.

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