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Gatecrasher shoots innocent teen at his 18th birthday party

JAILED: Jayden Copeland-Marks

A GATECRASHER was jailed for 26 years after shooting a student at his 18th birthday party.

Jayden Copeland-Marks, nicknamed ‘murder,’ turned up to the house party in Handsworth, Birmingham, without an invitation and blasted Ricardo Wright with a sawn-off shotgun when the innocent teen tried to diffuse an argument between Marks’ cousin and a fellow party-goer.

Mr Wright was left with horrific injuries to his jaw, which required extensive surgery following the January 8 incident.

Copeland-Marks, who witnesses say came to the bash looking for trouble, was found guilty of attempted murder and wounding with intent after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

“It is difficult to see what motive you had, why you had a loaded weapon in your possession and following that fired it at a person you didn’t know,” said Judge James Burbidge QC when passing sentence yesterday (Dec 19).

“One or two witnesses said they overheard you say you felt like ‘busting some shots’.

“Ricardo Wright was celebrating his 18th birthday amongst friends, there was a good atmosphere and no signs of trouble,” he added

The 20-year-old’s defence claimed that the incident was unplanned and instead argued that Copeland-Marks’ immaturity had played a part.

Copeland-Marks was handed 26 years detention for the attempted murder, and 14 years, to run concurrent, for wounding with intent.

He also received concurrent sentences after pleading guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, eight years, and possession of a firearm without a certificate, four years.

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