A YOUNG man who pulled a gun on two plainclothes police officers has been detained for five years.
Yonis Abdinur, 20, pointed a ‘rusty brown revolver’ at an officer’s face at close range during a terrifying stand-off, before making a run for it and evading police for two days.
He admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, July 12.
The court heard that Abdinur was with two other people in a Ford Focus that was pulled over by two officers on a routine patrol in North Hyde Road, Hayes, at about 7.10pm on April 8.
They came to a stop in nearby Dallas Terrace.
“Abdinur was a back-seat passenger in the car, and gave false details when asked by the officers,” said prosecutor Lyall Thompson.
“He appeared nervous, and was pacing up and down. He was wearing a ‘man bag’ with a distinctive logo.
“As the officers were doing their name checks, the defendant pulled out a rusty brown revolver and pointed it in the face of one officer, shouting: “Don’t ****ing come near me!
“He then pointed it towards the other officer.”
Abdinur ran back into North Hyde Road, turning to point the gun at the officer giving chase. He dashed into Crane Gardens and got away.
Officers looked at pictures of associates of the other two people in the car and picked out Abdinur, who was arrested two days later and then positively identified in an identity parade.
Officers searched his home and that of his sisters in Newhaven Close, very close to where the car had been stopped. In a safe they found a spent bullet casing and the black bag Abdinur was seen carrying on the day he was stopped.
The gun he brandished was never found.
Abdinur, of Cornelia Drive, Hayes, had previous convictions for robbery, intimidation of a witness, and possession of a sharp article dating back to 2006. His most recent run-in with the law was in February, when he was charged for obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.
Relatives were in the public gallery for the hearing, where His Honour Judge Davis said on sentencing Abdinur to five years in a young offenders’ institute, that this latest crime demonstrated a ‘serious escalation in offending’.
“Both officers thought the gun was real and they were scared for their lives. You did what you did because you were determined to evade capture, as you had outstanding warrants against you.
“It is clear you have no consideration for the police or the general public.”