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Man guilty of street shooting near Luton nightclub

A 22-year-old has been convicted over the shooting of a man outside a nightclub in Bedfordshire.

Opeh Akinboro, 23, from south London, suffered a wound to his groin near Traffik, Luton, in May last year.

A jury at Luton Crown Court acquitted Ashley Thomas, of Roxborough Road, Harrow, north-west London, of attempted murder.

He was found guilty of the alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was also convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm and will be sentenced on Monday.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told him: "There is going to be a very significant term of imprisonment."

'Two bullets'

The prosecution said he fired the gun when he was assaulted during an angry confrontation outside the club.

He took out the gun and fired it more than once at close range into a group of people, the court heard.

Thomas, who had admitted dangerous driving, fled the scene in a BMW at high speed and without headlights.

He crashed on the outskirts of Luton and was caught by a police dog as he tried to run away.

Two passengers escaped and the following day a revolver loaded with two bullets was found in the garden of a house they had passed, the court heard.

Thomas told the jury he was at the location but was not armed.

He said while he was being assaulted he heard gun fire, which gave him the chance to get away.

He alleged that two acquaintances got into his car as he was driving away, and one produced a gun and ordered him to drive.

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