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Barry woman admits helping partner intimidate shooting victim

  South Wales Police

A court has heard a Barry woman helped her boyfriend to try and disrupt his trial for attempted murder.

Keiran Hassan was one of two men convicted after a 22 year-old man was shot and stabbed in the neck in the Rumney area of Cardiff in April 2020.

But Hassan enlisted the help of Bethan Brahim to share a statement by the victim on social media, in an effort to discourage him from giving evidence in court.

Brahim (26), was given a 21-month jail sentence, suspended for a year, after she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Keiran Hassan (South Wales Police)

Hassan (33), from Ely, denied similar charges, but his prison sentence was doubled from two years to four after he was found guilty.

A childhood friend, Kevin Ryan (32) of Mynachdy, was jailed for two years and eight months after he admitted perverting the course of justice.

Merthyr Crown Court heard Hassan obtained a copy of the victim statement from his defence lawyers, then asked Brahim and Ryan to send out copies in person and online.

South Wales Police said the local criminal fraternity intended to apply pressure.

Kevin Ryan (South Wales Police)

But Ryan went further by contacting the victim and his grandmother as means of further intimidation. He also shared pictures of the man on social media, directed at his friends.

The victim, who needed hospital surgery for his injuries, went onto appear in court to give evidence, with support from police.

Hassan was convicted of attempted murder, along with his cousin Kamal Legall, of Fairwater, who is serving a two year jail sentence.

The Crown Prosecution Service described it as a ''gangland-style'' attack in broad daylight with lethal weapons.

Hassan returned to the dock in June, after he pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The jury heard he had sent a letter to Brahim, stating: ''One thing you should have learnt about me by now is I will always have the last laugh.''

Reacting to the sentencing, Detective Constable Scott Meacock of South Wales Police said it sent out a ''strong message to the criminal fraternity.''

He added: ''If you are intent on disrupting the criminal process or intimidating witnesses, we will arrest you, and the courts will exercise due diligence in sentencing.''

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