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Man jailed for drugs-turf murder
Courtney Hunt
Courtney Hunt was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years
A 21-year-old man has been jailed for life for gunning down a teenager in a Nottingham shopping centre in a row over drugs turf.

Courtney Hunt, of Eugene Gardens, The Meadows, killed Nathan Williams, 17, on 26 September 2006.

A judge ordered Hunt to serve a minimum of 30 years at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

Hunt was also given a 12-year sentence to run concurrently for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Mr Williams died from a single gunshot wound to the chest in Nottingham's Bridgeway shopping parade, just yards from his home.

Nathan Williams
Nathan Williams died yards from his home

During the trial, Hunt admitted being an established drug dealer in the Meadows area of Nottingham for at least two years.

He said he was aware that Mr Williams had started dealing to some of the same customers shortly before his death but denied there was any rivalry.

Hunt admitted arguing with the teenager in a subway close to the parade of shops and taking his bike from him and claimed he shot Mr Williams by accident in a struggle.

The court heard that Hunt stole his victim's mountain bike and chased him into a bakery.

The teenager came back armed with a hammer but then Hunt aimed a gun at him and shot him.

He was found guilty of murder on Monday.




SEE ALSO
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