A Ruislip man has been jailed for 26 years following his conviction for the attempted murder of a man outside a Soho nightclub in 2019.
37-year-old Sheldon Pommell of Park Avenue in Ruislip was sentenced on Wednesday, January 26 at Woolwich Crown Court.
He’d originally been tried alongside three other defendants, all of whom also face lengthy prison sentences, on January 11 last year, but due to the jury being unable to reach a unanimous verdict, his retrial began on October 6, with him eventually being found guilty on November 4.
In the early hours of August 25, 2019, Pommell and the three other men, Richard Palmer, Bolanle Roberts and Robert Dolan, were spotted entering a Soho nightclub.
After an altercation in the club resulted in a man being stabbed, it closed for the night, with the fight resuming outside the venue between the two groups involved.
Having moved away from the dispute, Pommell passed an object from his right pocket to Palmer, then pointed towards a man in his 20s, speaking to Palmer while doing so. Palmer then used this weapon to shoot the man twice in the back.
The victim was able to get himself to a London hospital, where he received treatment for gunshot wounds. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Pommell was eventually arrested at a Ruislip address on August 26, 2019, thanks to CCTV identifying him as wearing the same clothes as the night before.
The other three were all eventually caught, with police also managing to gain access to a flat on Coleridge Drive, Ruislip, where a cache of firearms and ammunition was found along with 2.17kg of heroin.
One of the firearms was identified as the one used in the shooting, complete with a home-made silencer.
Detective Sergeant Chris Ladmore, the investigating officer from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “The men behind this violent incident have now received a combined 69-year jail sentence for their crimes.
“This operation started off as an attempted murder investigation but led to us discovering a cache of loaded firearms and a wealth of ammunition that we were able to remove from the streets of London. Every bullet seized is a potential life saved.
“The victim who was shot on Rupert Street was lucky to survive – it easily could have had a different ending. The shooting is a stark reminder of the selfish disregard for human life and brazen use of firearms that people like Pommell, Palmer and Roberts hold.