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  • 19 August 2014, 2:46

Sabrina Moss: Three Guilty Of Teacher Murder

Three men have been found guilty of murdering a nursery teacher as she celebrated her 24th birthday.

Sabrina Moss wasgunned down near a fast food restaurant in Kilburn, north London, in an attack by two hooded men armed with a machine gun and a shotgun.

The mother-of-one was shot in the heart and died in hospital from her injuries.

She and friend Sabrina Gachettewere both caught in the crossfire of a "deep-seated" bloody drugs turf war as they sheltered from the rain with a group of 15 others under a shop awning by the Woody Grill, in the early hours of August 24, last year.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard they were not the intended targets and were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Miss Gachette, who was hit in the back by more than 50 gunshot pellets, survived to give evidence during the 10-week trial.

The 25-year-old, who almost a year on, still has a few pellets lodged in her body, said: "There was no warning. I thought someone had thrown a brick at me. Then because of the explosion I thought it was a firework.

"Sabrina was in front of me and that was when I heard her say she had been shot in her heart. That is the last thing I remember hearing her say."

Jurors found drug dealers Hassan Hussain, 29, of Willesden;Yasin James, 20, of Wembley and Martell Warren, 23, of KensallGreen, all London, guilty of Miss Moss's murder and the attempted murder of Miss Gachette.

Their intended targets were members of the South Kilburn Gang - and Miss Moss, who was dressed in a bright red dress and high heels - would have stood out from the crowd like a beacon in the night, jurors were told.

Nevertheless, 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 the scene in a car driven by Warren.

Jurors heard Warren was a convicted drug dealer and a member of the Kensal Green Boys or Bloods, known as the KGB, while Hussain had a previous conviction for grievous bodily harm and was jailed for five years for stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend six times.

The trio 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.

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

Miss Gachette, who had known Miss Moss for 13 years, said afterwards: "She was just fun-loving. She was always up for a good time. She had time for everyone. There was not a bad bone in her body at all."

She added: "Justice has not only been served for us as victims, it has been done for the community - there are violent people off the streets."

Hussain, James and Warren will be sentenced on September 12.

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