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Twenty one year old Moses Oyebanjo, unemployed of Cadnam Point, Roehampton, SW15, appeared for trial at Kingston Crown Court on Monday 8 October, 2007 with Wayne Ebanks of SE21, charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

They were found guilty on 16 October. A third man was acquitted.

It follows an investigation by Op Trident specialist shooting team into an incident on the Doddington Estate on 4 April 2007.

Police were called about 19:18 to Charlotte Despard Avenue to reports of a man shot but there was no victim at the scene.

Officers were later called by staff at St George's Hospital, Tooting, to say a man had attended, suffering a gunshot wound to the buttock. The injury was a surface wound. The victim at hospital was Oyebanjo. He was later charged on 21st June 2007 with firearms offences after enquiries revealed he was in possession of a handgun that he fired at Ebanks and one other that night.

DS Mona Pope of Op Trident said they believed other people were involved in the incident and other guns were used that night.

"I would like to appeal to the community to come forward with any information to help identify any outstanding suspects so that we can arrest them and take any further guns out of circulation. The community should be assured that the police and the courts will take great care to assist witnesses.

During this case, witnesses were afforded special measures:
- full anonymity with pseudonyms used;
- screens to conceal their identity from the defendants and public gallery;
- and voice modulators to distort their voices."

DS Pope said the judge, Her Honour Judge Barnes, commended the bravery of the witnesses in standing up to the defendants. She said the whole community should be proud of them.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8580 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

November 9, 2007