GUILTY: Three men convicted for the murder of Joshua Bains
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Three men have today (Tuesday, June 4) been convicted of Joshua Bains’ murder after the 28-year-old was fatally shot in Northampton in October 2018.
Jerome Smikle, 27, of Northampton, and Kayongo Shuleko, 26, of London, were both found guilty at the end of a six week trial at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering Joshua in the Upton area of Northampton. Lewis Carmody, 22, of Northampton, was convicted of assisting an offender.
Smikle and Shuleko fired multiple shots in Webb Drive, Northampton, on Thursday, October 4, 2018, following a dispute with Joshua over a £40 debt.
One of the shots pierced his heart and despite the best efforts of paramedics and members of the public, who held Joshua’s hand while he died, the 28-year-old passed away from his injuries at the scene.
Remorseless, Smikle and Shuleko called Carmody, one of their associates, and asked him to help them escape to London. Carmody obliged, helping them destroy evidence and dispose of weapons before driving them to Enfield.
Carmody was arrested the next day but Smikle and Shuleko laid low for a while. However, detectives from Northamptonshire Police’s Major Crime Team were closing in, and on October 19, both men were arrested at an address in Dunster Street, Northampton, and subsequently charged with murder.
Months later in February 2019, the two guns they used to shoot Joshua with, were found by a dog-walker in Preston Deanery Road in Quinton.
At Birmingham Crown Court today, the jury of seven men and five women returned their unanimous verdict after being sent out on Monday, June 3, and convicted all three men for their part in Joshua’s murder.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ally White, said: “Despite the overwhelming evidence against them, both Smikle and Shuleko continued to deny their involvement in the murder of Joshua Bains.
“Shuleko has tried to blame the murder on Smikle and Smikle has come up with a ludicrous claim that he was never even at the scene. The facts are, both of them were there that night and both of them played a part in Joshua’s murder.
“I also hope Carmody’s conviction demonstrates that we do not only go after the people who pull the trigger but also the ones who assist them.
“Joshua was a loving father to two children and I am pleased that we have managed to get justice for them and the rest of his family. I hope they can all take some comfort in the fact that the men responsible for his death will be behind bars for a long time to come.”
Statement from Joshua's family:
“Joshua was a truly beautiful person in every way and his death has left a huge gap in our lives. He was caring and thoughtful towards his family and a loyal friend. He was a fantastic son, brother and partner, and father to two wonderful children.
"Your life was cut short and the pain of losing you is so great, but your spirit will never leave us.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public in Upton and the emergency services for their help and efforts on the night Joshua died.
“We’d also like to thank the detectives, Crown Prosecution Service and the courts for their tireless work in getting justice for him and us.”
Smikle, Shuleko and Carmody are due to be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, June 5.