A gunman who killed a barber at an east London snooker hall in a row about a woman has been convicted of murder.
Kosovan-born Jeton Krasniqi, 27, fired at least four times at Grineo Daka just before 3am on July 7, 2019.
Mr Daka, 27, who worked at Celebrity Barbers in Manor Park, was hit once in the chest, stumbled downstairs and collapsed in the doorway of Phoenix Snooker Club, Leyton.
The victim had been involved in an argument over a girl the night before at the same venue, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Daka had gone back to discuss this when Krasniqi attacked him.
His 21-year-old friend was shot in the foot before the attacker fled. Fortunately, he was taken to hospital where the bullet was removed.
Paramedics arrived soon after but were unable to save Mr Daka who died at the scene
Jurors heard a normal night at the venue with people playing snooker, drinking and socialising was shattered when the fight broke out.
The gun was smuggled inside by Krasniqi’s countryman Liridon Saliuka, 29, using two plastic bags which were later recovered from the scene and found to contain his fingerprints and gunshot residue, the court heard.
Describing the earlier incident, prosecutor Lisa Wilding QC told the court: “Grineo Daka had been in the snooker club the night before he was shot dead – so the evening of July 5 into 6.
“He had become involved in an altercation between his friend and another male over a girl which led to heated words and Mr Daka hitting that male with a bottle.
“However, it ended reasonably amicably as Mr Daka apologised and they shook hands.”
Following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded on Tuesday Krasniqi of Dagenham, east London, was convicted of murder and wounding with intent.
Co-defendant Edison Brahimi, 30, was convicted of two counts of perverting the course of justice for driving Krasniqi away from the scene and staying away from his Camden home in an attempt to frustrate the police investigation.
Samantha Yelland, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This was a senseless and brazen murder in the middle of a snooker hall filled with more than 50 people. Gun violence in the capital has devasted yet another family.
“Jeton Krasniqi fired at his victim who was unarmed and died at the scene. Edison Brahimi who was with Krasniqi at the time made sure their tracks were covered by driving them away from the club.
“The prosecution case included CCTV footage showing Krasniqi throwing the gun used in the murder over a balcony before fleeing. Police were able to recover this gun intact just two gardens away. A search of the club also led to the discovery of a bottle of Corona beer with Brahimi’s fingerprints on it – making it clear that he had been there.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Daka at this time.”
Saliuka, of no fixed abode, was charged with murder but died in prison on January 2 last year.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: “Grineo Daka was lured to the snooker club that night, before his life was taken in an act of reckless violence.
“Today, we have seen the man responsible convicted of his murder.
“Krasniqi went to the club 24 hours after an argument in order to seek revenge, ensuring that one of his friends brought a firearm with him.
“The club had about 50 people in it that night, and it is only by pure luck that more people weren’t injured or killed.
“Krasniqi’s intent that night is quite obvious.
“He was wearing gloves on a summer’s night, clearly hoping to prevent his fingerprints from being found on the murder weapon.
“However, unbeknownst to him, his movements after the murder were captured on CCTV.”
DCI Wrigley said a fourth man remains outstanding and enquiries are ongoing to locate him.