A 23-year-old man who entered a city nightclub with a gun concealed in a bag has been sentenced.
Mohammed Abdulahi-Diriye, appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Monday 10 June) and was sentenced to six years imprisonment for possession of a firearm. He was also sentenced to one year in prison for possession of ammunition. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
Abdulahi-Diriye, of Bedford Street North, Leicester, had pleaded guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing.
At around 5.30am on Monday 22 April, police were called to a fight outside a nightclub in Churchgate.
When officers arrived at the location, a member of staff reported a man having been seen inside the venue with a gun hidden in a bag worn across his chest.
Enquiries carried out at the scene culminated in officers arresting Abdulahi-Diriye, in a taxi, after recognising him from a description given to them by a witness at the club.
Three other men, all in their 20s, were also arrested from the taxi on suspicion of possession of a firearm. They were later released from custody with no further action.
Detective Constable Nick Robbins, from the force’s Complex Investigation team, said: “Abdulahi-Diriye made the decision to carry a firearm in a public place, and in doing so he committed a very serious offence.
“His motive for carrying a gun is unknown, and although he kept the firearm concealed, the weapon was loaded and may have gone off – the results of which could have been lethal.
“I hope that the outcome of this case serves as a warning to anyone intent on committing similar crimes that you will be caught, and you will be brought to justice.”