Lancashire

Essex man jailed for five years after Preston shooting

Uwais Ilyas
Image caption Ilyas pleaded guilty in October

A man whose gun was used to terrorise a man and his family outside his home in Preston has been jailed for five years.

The victim was returning to his house in Fulwood, after collecting his son from a mosque, when a shot was fired through the window on 12 February.

Uwais Ilyas, 22, from Essex, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Charges of conspiracy to murder against Ilyas and four other people were dropped at Preston Crown Court.

Ilyas, of Colombo Road, Ilford, was sentenced on Friday. He admitted the charge in October 2010.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Supt Neil Esseen, of Lancashire Police, said: "I am pleased with the sentence handed down by the judge today which reflects the very serious nature of this offence.

"Thankfully nobody was injured during the incident on Ferndale, but that is down to sheer good luck, it could quite easily have had far more serious consequences."

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