Pair guilty of murder over Leeds cannabis robbery shooting

TWO men have been found guilty of murder after a man was shot in the neck during a cannabis deal which turned violent.

NOVEMBER 2013: The incident scene. PIC: Simon Hulme

Pawel Matras, 21, was killed and his brother Zedislaw, 32, was seriously injured after being shot in the stomach during the incident at Blue Hill Crescent, Wortley, on November 8 last year.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found Naseer Khan, 23, and Abdullah Ullah, 24, guilty of murder after a four-week trial. The jury is still considering a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to the injuries suffered by Zedislaw. Naseer Khan, of Queens Crescent, London, fired the fatal shot with a semi-automatic handgun. Khan and Ullah, of High Road, Harrow, had driven to the property in order to rob the brothers of cannabis.

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The Matras brothers, both Polish nationals, rented the house in Wortley and had grown around £10,000 which they wanted to sell.

The two men drove from London in convoy with Ullah’s girlfriend Daniella Craik. Craik was sat in her car outside the address when four shots were fired. One bullet flew through the window and ended up embedded in the garden wall of a property over the road.

Craik, 20, of Carmelite Walk, Harrow, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis. Azhar Khan, 20, of Churchill Gardens, London, was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

It was alleged that he had bought his cousin, Naseer Khan, a one-way ticket to Islamabad after the shooting.