Trial: Four men to be sentenced over Maidenhead shooting

Trial: Four men to be sentenced over Maidenhead shooting

Nicola Hine

Trial: Four men to be sentenced over Maidenhead shooting

Four men are set to be sentenced this morning over a double shooting at a Maidenhead tattoo parlour.

Anthony Cooke, Leon Dorman, Joseph Gentle and Drizz James have been standing trial at Reading Crown Court over the attack at Fantasy Fine Line in St Mark's Road on April 11.

After more than five days of deliberations, a jury concluded all four men were guilty of conspiring to rob the tattoo parlour in a daylight attack.

Cooke, 31, from Bedford and Dorman, 30, from Dunstable, were also found guilty of possessing a firearm and of two counts of wounding with intent.

Both were cleared on two counts of attempted murder.

James, 22, from Luton, was also found guilty of possessing a firearm.

The jury could not reach a decision on whether Gentle, 22, of no fixed abode, was guilty of possessing a firearm. The offence was discharged.

During the trial suggestions had been made by the defence that the gun used was connected to the victims themselves, and that an 'almighty struggle' inside the parlour resulted in their injuries.

But the prosecution had argued that at least two of the defendants - namely Cooke and Dorman - had travelled to Maidenhead with the intention of robbing their victims.

Both sides agreed from the outset that the shootings were the result of a drug deal gone wrong.

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Report 1: Jury sworn in at Maidenhead shooting trial

Report 2: Court hears shooting was result of a confrontation over drugs

Report 3: Shooting victim gives evidence

Report 4: Shooting victim is accused of carrying a gun

Report 5: Second shooting victim gives evidence via videolink

Report 6: Victim questioned over bullet found in car

Report 7: Photos showing cash on a phone shown in court

Report 8: Defence barrister compares Crown's case to jigsaw puzzle

Report 9: Jury in shooting trial retires to consider verdicts

Report 10: Jury in shooting trial can return majority verdicts

Report 11: Shooting trial adjourned until Monday

Report 12: Jury returns four verdicts in shooting trial

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