Kosovan gunman jailed for killing Cricklewood man in triple shooting

Court hears he believed his three victim’s owed him money

A Kosovan gunman who shot dead two men who he believed owed him money has been jailed for life.

Hajdar Kasumaj, 51, shot Nezir Golai, 45, of Garth Road, Cricklewood, on July 8 last year, and 58-year-old Osman Grbic in east London, the day after.

Woolwich Crown Court heard Mr Golai had got into his car outside his home when he was ambushed by Kasumaj and shot several times.

Despite his injuries he managed to drive a short distance on to Hendon Way before crashing on the dual carriageway.

The next day Kasumaj gunned down Mr Grbic and also turned his weapon on a 43-year-old man in Harringay who survived.

Yesterday (Thursday), Kasumaji was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and the attempted murder of the third man.

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He had admitted possession of a handgun at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 20 years.

Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, investigating officer, said:

“Kasumaj carried out these shootings because he believed he was owed money by each of the victims.

“He used a handgun to shoot the victims at close range - it was a miracle no one else was hit.

“I just hope that the victim’s families can take some comfort from his sentencing.”