Man jailed for firing shotgun in Sheffield club in incident linked to murder

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A man has been jailed for firing a shotgun at a Sheffield nightclub in an incident thought to be linked to the murder of 23-year-old Grant Bodell.

Mr Bodell was found fatally injured on parkland near Queen Mary Road on the Manor estate hours after the incident at the Embassy Club in June 2014.

Corrie Allen, 24, of Windyhouse Lane, Manor pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to possessing an illegal weapon with intent to cause fear or violence.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half-years and his brother Christopher Allen, 18, of Queen Victoria Road, Totley Rise, pleaded guilty to affray. He will be sentenced on January 21.

The brothers arrived at the club late in the evening on June 20 and became involved in an argument with a group of men.

They then left and returned a short time later. Corrie Allen was caught on CCTV at 12.30am standing outside the club holding a shotgun.

Police found evidence the gun was fired, but found no evidence anyone had been injured.

Officers described the incident as a ‘precursor’ to the death of Grant Bodell - READ MORE: Police link murder with sound of gunfire

Five people have been arrested and bailed over the murder.

Detective Inspector Kevin Brown said: “The offences the brothers committed that evening could have resulted in severe consequences and innocent members of the public being seriously injured or killed.

“We will not tolerate the use of firearms in our communities and will do everything we can to bring people who commit these types of offences to justice.

“The sentence handed down to Corrie demonstrates how seriously police and the courts take gun crime.”

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