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Student shot in the face in ‘senseless’ revenge attack over queue jumping row

A teenager was shot in the face in a ‘senseless’ revenge attack over queue jumping in a shop.

Lee Barnett, 38, and his brother Neil, 34, were locked up for nearly 40 years after assaulting their student victim in the street.

Judge Andrew Jeffries QC described it as “merciful” the 18-year-old survived as he sentenced the siblings, Lancs Live reports.

Preston Crown Court heard yesterday how Neil Barnett became involved in a row with a group of Asian youngsters after accusing one of them of cutting in line at a store in Brierfield, Pendle.

The row spilled outside the shop, where Neil Barnett squared up to one of the young men and used racist language, before walking away telling the youths “wait here, I’m coming back”.

The group chased after him, caught up with him and assaulted him, causing him bruises.

Barnett then wanted revenge, the court heard.

He called his older brother Lee, who left work to go and help him out – armed with a shotgun.

Neil was wielding a hammer, which he banged against metal railings, as the pair set off to settle the score.

They caught up with student Hasan Hussain, 18, in Humphrey Street, where Neil grappled him to the ground.

Neil Barnett

Lee fired the gun “at almost point blank range” into the student’s face and head, in an attempt to kill the teenager. Mr Hussain suffered a large wound to the side of his jaw and multiple penetrating wounds to the side of his face and ear.

A CT scan revealed multiple pieces of shotgun pellet in his head, which required surgery to remove. He also suffered damage to the nerve which controls the movement of the lower lip, and a damaged tooth.

Judge Jeffries QC said it was “only by way of chance” that the youngster was not more seriously injured.

He added: “In some of the images the shotgun appears to have been shortened although the lighting and conditions I can not be sure. It is merciful Hasan Hussain survived.”

Lee Barnett pleaded guilty to attempted murder and Neil pleaded guilty to Section 18 wounding, causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The brothers appeared side by side on a videolink from prison as they were sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

Judge Jeffries said: “This was an offence which was motivated by revenge and utilised a highly dangerous weapon.”

The judge said both brothers were dangerous offenders and posed a risk to the public.

Neil used racially aggravated language during the attack and while the judge said he was “quite certain” Lee was also a racist, he would have carried out the offence against anyone who wronged his brother.

He sentenced Lee Barnett to 28 years in prison, noting the defendant would be “nearing his 60th birthday” before he is released.

Neil was jailed for seven years and two months with a three year extended licence period.

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