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Man jailed for shooting which left victim blind

JAILED: Roger Aiken told he must serve a minimum of 15 years

A BRIXTON man who shot and blinded a 38-year-old man has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Roger Aiken, 34, was labelled “a dangerous man,” after the incident in Barking, east London, last August and was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years for the shooting, and a minimum of 12 years for possession of the firearm with intent to endanger life.

The victim, who was known to Aiken, was with friends on the way to a party nearby when he was shot a point blank range with a handgun. Aiken then shot at a vehicle, which contained the victim's friends, but no one else was injured. He then made off in an Audi TT car, which has never been recovered.

The victim suffered gun shot injuries to his head and left arm. His head injury resulted in him being left permanently blind and the bullet remains lodged under his right eye, and he is also still receiving treatment for his arm injury.

Aiken was arrested on 1 September 2011. He was subsequently charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Abbie Warde, of Trident, said: "Roger Aiken is a dangerous man who believed that he could avoid justice. Communities in London are safer for his imprisonment.

"This sentence sends out a clear message to those who are involved in gun crime and they should take note that the police and criminal justice system will not tolerate this type of violent behaviour,” he said.

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