Woman shot in 'mayhem' outside Smethwick nightclub, court hears
A woman was shot in the hip as 'mayhem' raged outside a Black Country night club, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
The handgun was fired in the car park of Club Saigon in Wellington Street, Smethwick in the early hours of June 7, it was revealed.
The blast came after Wolverhampton University second year business student Roshane Daley had brandished an imitation double barrel shotgun inside the premises, disclosed Mr David Lees, prosecuting.
Trouble flared as up to 30 people tried to force their way into the club where Daley had booked a function room for a private party to celebrate his 21st birthday, the court heard.
Mr Lees said: "There was hostility between two separate groups over whether the crowd outside should be allowed in without paying."
Sporadic attempts to enter were made by the gang - several of whom were armed with wooden staves - but they were beaten back, it was said.
Daley pointed the imitation firearm at the glass door during the fracas and then the crowd outside started to run away as another person at the party picked up the gun and poked it out of an open door in their direction, said Mr Lees who continued:
"Significantly, during the course of what was happening, a genuine firearm was discharged and a serious injury was caused to an innocent female standing in the car park. I cannot lay the blame for that on this defendant but it was preceded by the appearance of the shotgun."
Frame by frame analysis of CCTV film and exhaustive scientific checks had found no evidence of the shotgun being fired. The weapon has not been recovered and the prosecution accepted Daley's assurance that it was an imitation.
Mr Harbinder Lally, defending, said: "There was mayhem outside the club. He was drunk on champagne and enjoying himself when, out of stupidity and foolishness, he picked up the gun. He regrets every single moment of this and should not have done what he did but this was not pre-planned and there was no gang affiliation."
It was claimed that the imitation shotgun was taken to the birthday party by a 'friend of a friend' of the defendant and there had only been two instead of five bouncers on the door of the club that has since closed.
Daley from Marsh Close, Erdington admitted possession of an imitation firearm and was jailed for three years two months by Judge Michael Dudley who said: "It is extremely worrying that an incident with no link to gangs had people present at the scene with both an imitation gun and a firearm that was discharged."
It is understood that the woman who was wounded in the hip initially declined to make a statement to police and nobody has been detained in connection with the shooting.
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