A thug who orchestrated a terrifying attack in which a man’s leg was shattered by a shotgun blast will be released from prison years earlier after winning a court fight.
Yaqub Younis was ‘effectively the communications officer’ of a gang behind the ‘retribution’ shooting of restaurant owner Mohammed Afsar in Chaplain Road, Normacot .
Two men pulled up outside father-of-eight Mr Afsar’s home in a Vauxhall, while he was sitting in his own vehicle, at 11am on June 4 2010.
One got out, opened the door of the victim’s car and blasted him in the lower leg with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range – blowing a 6cm hole in his limb and shattering the bone.
Younis, of Springfield Road, Birmingham, was convicted of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was jailed for 11-and-a-half years, with a five-year extended licence period, in January this year.
Today at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, Lord Justice Davis quashed his extended sentence and the finding that he is ‘dangerous’.
The ruling means that Younis is likely to serve less than six years behind bars.
His lawyers said he was not a ‘protagonist’ in the shooting and pointed out that he was not one of the men in the car.
The judge said: “On any view, this was a very grave matter. It involved a planned shooting, by way of retribution, with several people involved.
“There was a gun and there was significant organisation.
“The shooting took place in public, in a residential street, and there was an attempt to conceal the evidence, and serious ongoing effects on the man who was shot.
“No criticism can be made of the custodial term of 11 and a half years.”
But he added: “He had previous convictions, but nothing of this nature. There was nothing to differentiate him from his co-accused.
“He was not one of the shooters, even if he had a leading role and had been in effect the communications officer.
“It appears to this court that there would be a real injustice if this man alone of all involved received an extended sentence.”
The court quashed the extended licence period and the Crown Court judge’s finding that Younis is dangerous.
That means Younis is likely to serve half, rather than at least two thirds, of his jail term behind bars.
The judges turned down an appeal against Younis’s conviction.
News of Younis’ successful court fight comes after five other men jailed in connection with the shooting had their convictions downgraded earlier this year.
Wassab Khan, aged 389, Omran Rashid, aged 41, Abdul Maroof, aged 36, Abdul Jabbar, aged 26, and Fisal Saraj, aged 27 – all from Birmingham – were originally sentenced to a combined total of 112 years after being convicted of conspiring to murder.
The Court of Appeal later downgraded the convictions to conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
Khan, Rashid, and Maroof were handed 17-year sentences, while Jabbar and Saraj were given 14-year sentences.
Mr Afsar, aged 63, who owns the Saghir Express restaurant in Longton, has since made a good recovery after several operations.
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