Gang rivals jailed for Dalston Wild West shoot out

Pair will not be released until parole board says so.

GANGLAND thugs who shot at each in front of police on their way to investigate a separate murder have been jailed.

Sina Naroei, of De Beauvoir, and Ozgur Ozdemir, 22, of Clapton, fired shots at each other across Kingsland Road, Dalston, on April 14, 2010.

Ozdemir was riding pillion on a motorbike going past Naroei who was walking with friends.

The motorcycling came back and Naroei pulled out a pistol and began firing which caused the two on the bike to fall off.

Ozdemir ran to nearby shops and began returning fire before all ran off.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg.

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The wild west scene unfolded in front of Operation Trident officers on their way to investigate the murder of Haggerston schoolgirl Agnes Sina-Inakoju who had been shot a few hours earlier on Hoxton Street.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday December 23, Naroei, who had pleaded not guilty, was sentenced to a minimum of seven-and-a-half years in jail before he can apply for parole.

Ozdemir, who pleaded guilty, was given four-and-a-half years before he can be considered for release.

DetCone Neil Whitbread from Trident, said: “The judge recognised that this was part of a gang conflict and that both men had gone on the streets armed, showing no regard for the safety of the public, and this has been reflected in the sentences.

“These are two people who were known gang members for several years and we are happy that the streets are a safer place with them in prison.

“This was a reckless act played out between two rivals (Naroei and Ozdemir) in a busy Hackney street.

“Shots were fired by both parties with no thought to the risk they posed to innocent members of the public, who unbelievably were not injured.

“Operation Trident is committed to taking men of violence off the streets. Working with the community, we will continue to work tirelessly in order to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.”