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Two jailed for machine gun attack

Andre Marshall and Antonio Wint (Pics: GMP)
Marshall and Wint are members of the notorious Gooch Close gang

Two gang members have been jailed for using a sub-machine gun in an attack on a man in a Manchester gym.

The men punched Suliman Suliman, 23, and hit him over the head with the gun at Moss Side Leisure Centre last July.

Antonio Wint, 21, of the Gooch Close gang, admitted a firearms charge and must serve almost five years in jail.

Fellow gang member Andre Marshall, 22, had also previously admitted possessing a firearm and assault causing harm and was jailed for seven years.

At Manchester Crown Court, Marshall, of Brantingham Road, Whalley Range, also received a four-year sentence for assault, to be served concurrently.

Wint, formerly of Stamford Street, Old Trafford, was jailed for a minimum of four years and 250 days before he can be considered for parole.

Still of the attack at Moss Side Leisure Centre
The victim was hit with a loaded gun in the busy gym

Two others were involved, a 17-year-old boy, and a 22-year-old man.

The teenager was sentenced in April to a community punishment and rehabilitation order after admitting violent disorder.

Waqas Farooq, 22, of Northleigh Road, Old Trafford, was convicted of perverting the course of justice after he coerced false witnesses to give evidence about this incident to police.

He has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The court heard how a 9mm Scorpion machine pistol, capable of firing up to 1,000 rounds a minute, was brandished at Suliman Suliman in the packed weights room at the gym on 3 July last year.

The victim was hit over the head with the gun.

In the next room police officers were giving a community talk, but before they were alerted the gangsters fled.




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