Brother of getaway driver in rush hour shooting on Gregory Boulevard threatened to shoot witness
THE brother of a getaway driver involved in a rush-hour shooting dumped evidence and threatened to shoot a witness in a bid to protect his family.
Remay McKenzie blasted a car with two shots from a sawn-off shotgun in Gregory Boulevard on April 30, 2012, before jumping into a car with getaway driver Ashton Alexander.
Ashton's brother Lewis Alexander, 22, cleaned the car used in the crime and dumped items from it in a field near his home in Radford Road.
He also threatened to shoot a witness and slapped them across the face to try to prevent them from giving evidence.
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Detective Inspector Justine Wilson said: "[Lewis] Alexander attempted to eradicate any evidence that linked the car used in the shooting to his brother and accomplice.
"He took the vehicle to be cleaned and then removed items and disposed of them in a nearby field.
"He went to great lengths to interfere with the case against his sibling by not only attempting to destroy evidence but also threatening a witness and assaulting them."
Alexander pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the court of justice and common assault at Nottingham Crown Court.
He was jailed for three-and-a-half years for attempting to pervert the course of justice, and handed five months for assault.
The sentences will run concurrently.
McKenzie and Ashton Alexander were jailed in December for the shooting at the junction of Gregory Boulevard and Birkin Avenue.
Three men were in a silver Citroen – the pair's intended target – as it stopped in a queue of traffic at around 5.15pm.
McKenzie ran up to the car, pointed the shotgun through an open window, angled it towards the rear passenger seat and pulled the trigger.
The driver crashed the Citroen into parked cars as he tried to speed off, but McKenzie ran after it and fired again, hitting the rear window.
The 22-year-old then ran to the nearby Volkswagen Polo driven by Ashton Alexander and the pair fled the scene.
The window of the Citroen was damaged but no one was injured in the incident.
McKenzie and Alexander pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, December 14.
McKenzie, 22, formerly of Canterbury Avenue, Radford, was sentenced to a total of 15 years. Alexander, 20, formerly of Radford Road, Hyson Green, was sentenced to 11 years for the firearms offence, to run consecutively to a four-year sentence already being served for riot.