LETTER saying family whose home was blown up twice with a sawed-off shotgun recovered quickly from the incident is handed over to police.
The judge jailing Shakeal Rehman and Fiesal Khalil at Bradford Crown Court today said he was offended that anyone thought they might be fooled.
It was delivered to the courthouse by someone who declined to be named. Claiming to be the handiwork of the shooting victim, he said: ‘My family and I got over this incident very quickly.
Another letter, believed to have been written by the man’s wife, requested clemency for the defendants. Court heard she saw the masked gunman shoot at her home in Dorset Close, Little Horton, Bradford, after midnight on January 12.
The couple’s three young children were at home at the time.
Recorder Mark McKone KC said the first letter showed the criminals were controlling what the man was saying. He had been told what to put in it.
The court heard that the victim was so scared that he refused to appear in court to testify at the trial.
Recorder McKone asked that the letter be turned over to the police, along with any CCTV of the person delivering it, to see if an investigation could be carried out into the offense of perverting the course of justice.
He said the man’s wife must have been approached by people and asked to provide her letter.
Rehman, 34, of Haworth Road, Heaton, Bradford, was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of eight years.
Khalil, 43, of Whetley Lane, Manningham, Bradford, was jailed for 14 years.
Both were convicted of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger their lives.