LONDON: Jamaican-born drug dealer Ricardo Linton has been convicted of shooting a Bradford taxi driver in the head while on the run from the police for a similar cold-blooded execution-style murder in America.
The family of Mohammed Basharat, who was gunned down in the office of Little Horton Private Hire, are finally getting justice almost 20 years after the brutal and remorseless killing, the Asian Image has reported.
According to West York Shire Police, Ricardo Linton, aged 47, was convicted on Wednesday (11th August) by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of the murder of Mr Basharat, who was 33 and the attempted murder of his colleague Jamshad Khan, at taxi offices on 20 October 2001. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on Monday, 27 September.
The Police said that Basharat was involved in a road rage incident in the city on the day before he was shot dead by Linton at the taxi offices in Park Lane, Bradford.
West Yorkshire Police’s investigation established that Linton had fled to Jamaica and was extradited back to the United States in 2004, where he was later convicted of a 1993 murder and given a minimum sentence of 25 years.
Following extradition procedures he was returned to the UK In September 2020, where he was arrested and charged with the murder of Mr Basharat and the attempted murder of Mr Khan.
Following the conviction, the family of Mr Basharat have released this photo of him:
Linton, 45, denied murdering Mr Basharat and attempting to murder fellow taxi driver Jamshad Khan on the evening of Saturday, October 20, 2001. He was found guilty by the jury at Bradford Crown Court at 10.35am today after a month-long trial. Mr Justice Lavender will sentence him on September 27.
Linton was remanded back into custody but he is already serving a very long sentence in a US prison for murder. After the unanimous guilty verdicts were returned by the foreman, the judge exempted the jurors from serving on a jury again for ten years unless they choose to.
During the trial, the court heard that Mr Basharat, 33, was struck by two bullets, in the head and the mouth, and died where he lay.
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC told how the gunman, wearing a green balaclava, did not speak before pointing his revolver at Mr Basharat and twice pulling the trigger causing “a devastating and inevitably fatal head injury.”
He then turned his weapon on Jamshad “Jimmy” Khan and again pulled the trigger but the gun failed. Mr Wright said at least four shots were fired, two of which had found their mark.
The cold-blooded killing was in revenge for a road rage incident the previous day near the taxi offices on Park Lane in Bradford.
Mr Wright said the “minor and inconsequential” matter involved Mr Basharat in his green Vauxhall Cavalier cab and Linton, who was driving a white Renault Clio in the opposite direction.
The jury heard that the Clio was badly driven and Mr Basharat had to stop his vehicle to avoid it. Both drivers got out and a scuffle ensued. “The fight was something and nothing,” Mr Wright said.
But the man driving the Clio came off worse. He ran away abandoning the car in the middle of the road. But before he left the scene, he threatened to kill Mr Basharat, telling him he didn’t know who he was messing with. And he meant every word, Mr Wright said.
“He was willing to use a firearm to exact revenge and to execute a man in cold blood,” he told the court. Linton was a man with a short temper who could not stand coming off second best, he said.
Mr Khan was targeted because Linton thought he could recognise him from the road rage incident. Linton vanished from Bradford on the day Mr Basharat was murdered.
He left leaving behind his possessions, including clothing, at his flat. “He was a man leaving in a hurry,” Mr Wright said.