Teenage shooting led to reprisals

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A TEENAGE gunman who prompted a month of unrest on a Sheffield estate after blasting a youth with a sawn-off shotgun for ‘disrespecting him’ has been locked up for ten years.

The shooting last February led to tit-for-tat reprisals in Wybourn and left Jason Marriott, aged 15, in hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Jemele Rhone, now aged 17, but only 15 at the time, brandished the gun at his victim and forced him into a gennel following a confrontation the day before.

Egged on by accomplice Devon Walker, now 19, Rhone demanded his victim ring his father from his mobile phone - and tell him he was about to be shot.

Rhone, of Outram Road, Wybourn, who went on the run for several weeks before handing himself in, and Walker, of Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester, had been due to stand trial on charges of attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Rhone, who also admitted carrying a firearm in public, was sentenced to 10 years in a young offenders’ institution, and Walker was jailed for nine years.

Judge Michael Murphy QC told them: “Your ages are no less of a threat and don’t make the weapons any less lethal. People in the area feel frightened and unsettled and look to the police and the courts to do something about it.”