MPS detectives commended by judge after man convicted of attempted murder
A judge has commended two Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) detectives for their “painstaking and thorough” investigation that led to a conviction of a man for attempted murder.
On October 20, 2020, Firad Muhammed, 28, of Ellison Gardens, Ealing, had travelled to an address in Chingley Close, Bromley. He knocked on the door and when the victim, a 32-year-old man, answered he fired two shots from a handgun, which hit his legs. Muhammed then fled the scene.
With no obvious motive for the shooting, MPS detectives Ben Briselden and Imran Hansraj carried out extensive phone analysis.
Their inquiries identified incriminating Facebook messages between Muhammed and the victim’s wife.
The MPS said the messages, many of which were flirtatious or romantic in nature, included some that revealed Muhammed expressing regret that he had come to the victim’s home address to shoot him and stating he should have done it in a different location in Bromley.
Muhammed was arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He was sentenced to 28 years’ imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court on Friday (November 18) after he was found guilty of both offences after a trial in July.
He must serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in jail.
Detective Constable Briselden, the officer in the case, said: “Muhammed travelled to the victim’s home address with the intention to kill him.
“When we started the investigation, there were no leads and we had to build the case through detailed mobile phone analysis.
“This could easily have been a murder investigation and I hope the sentence allows the victim, who has now made a full recovery, to move on with his life in the knowledge Muhammed is not going to be out of prison for a very long time.
Det Con Briselden and his colleague Det Con Imran Hansraj received commendations from the judge in the case
Judge Ian Darling said during sentencing: “In this investigation there is no doubt they [the police] started from scratch and built a case painstakingly and thoroughly.
“The investigation into the shooting was fraught with difficulty, it seems no one was keen to tell the police anything of the truth.
“The Met Police had no active leads on which to investigate the shooting and were completely in the dark.
“The police set about a particularly onerous and impressive trawl through phone contacts to try and identify potential suspects. It was by its nature a slow and thankless task which thankfully and to the credit of the investigate officers finally bore fruit.”