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Gun fired in Nottingham street in revenge plot after car had been shot at

today1 July 2022

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Gang rivalry and disrespect led to a “ringleader” recruiting people to drive around Radford and fire a shotgun. The ringleader, who directed the attack, was Richard Burnett who has been jailed for 21 years, with three years added on extended licence, for his involvement in serious gun crime.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Richard Burnett orchestrated the revenge attack after a car driven by associates was shot at. Both of these events happened in August 2018. The plot had required extensive pre-planning/ recruiting others/obtaining a lethal weapon to use.

From calls between Richard Burnett and co-accused Traequarn Lambert, with those in the car immediately before and after the shooting, it was plain that both men were involved in the planning and running of that group.

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Judge Steven Coupland said he was satisfied on evidence Richard Burnett, 28, of no fixed address, was the ringleader in that. “What they did at your direction, Richard Burnett, was drove round Radford looking for someone – ultimately discharging that shotgun at someone. Thankfully, missed, but the terrifying incident created a real risk of serious injury or worse.”

By March 2019 a third man was involved – Rudy Burnett, 30, of Cavendish Road, Carlton. A group had mocked a friend of Lambert’s in a local Coop – and recorded the incident. This was perceived as a deliberate disrespect by a rival group.

A van was driven around with weapons, gloves and balaclavas but the group did not find the people involved in the earlier incident. Rudy Burnett was very much part of the planning but did not go with the others.

The case can only be reported today (July 1) after a reporting restriction was lifted involving the case following two trials. The trio were sentenced on May 19 this year.

Judge Coupland added during sentencing: “Many of instances of gun crime committed in this city have as their reason “disrespect” – when those from one area or group said to have disrespected another. Retaliation occurs often involving tit-for-tat extreme violence in return.

“That justification of “disrespect” misses the point that those involved in groups that seek to use violence against others and put local people in fear and in harm’s way are not entitled to any respect.”

Richard Burnett, a talented musician and on the verge of success at the time of his arrest, received his 21-year term for conspiracy to wound, and lesser sentences for possessing offensive weapons – a truncheon and two knives.

Lambert, 22, of no fixed address, received 18 years for conspiracy to wound and concurrent sentences on three possessing a weapon charges. Rudy Burnett received 11 years for conspiracy to wound and a six-year concurrent sentence for conspiracy to possessing a firearm.

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