South East Wales

Four men found guilty of 'revenge' shooting in Newport

L-R: Gary Rabjohns, Ryan Battersby, Brogan Hooper, Lewis Bridge Image copyright Gwent Police
Image caption Guilty: Gary Rabjohns, Ryan Battersby, Brogan Hooper, Lewis Bridge

Four men have been found guilty of attempted "revenge" killings in Newport.

Lewis Bridge, Brogan Hooper, Gary Rabjohns and Ryan Battersby ran a car off the road and shot at the three people inside.

The attack happened on Chepstow Road, Newport, in September 2013.

Following a five-week trial, a jury at Newport Crown Court found each of the men guilty by majority verdict of two charges of conspiracy to murder.

The court heard the men wanted to get back at two of the victims who it was claimed had robbed Hooper of drugs and money at gunpoint.

Using a 4x4, the defendants rammed a red Ford KA off the road and then shot at a woman and two men inside with a shotgun.

The car crashed into the Cross Hands pub on Corporation Road.

A witness near the pub on the night of the attack heard "screeching" and could see the defendants' car "pushing and ramming" the victims' car on to the wrong side of the road.

The defendants then drove off.

The victims suffered minor gun shot wounds and the woman injured her spine.

After the verdicts, Senior investigating officer DCI Jon Evans from Gwent Police said: "Today's result sends a clear message to anyone involved in criminal activity in Gwent that you will be caught and you will face the consequences."

All four men will be sentenced on 30 June.

Image caption The red KA was rammed on to the wrong side of the road

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