Three men have been jailed for life after two men were brutally killed with a crossbow during a cannabis farm burglary in Brierley Hill.
Saghawat Ramzan, Omar Ramzan and Mohammed Sageer have been sentenced for their roles in the deaths of Khuzaimah Douglas and Waseem Ramzan.
A “professional and lucrative” drugs farm in Pensnett Road, which Saghawat Ramzan and his 24-year-old son, Omar, lived next door to, was targeted by a gang of around 10 raiders in the early hours of February 20 last year.
The duo rushed to see what was happening and called Saghawat’s brother, 36-year-old Waseem Ramzan for help as he lived in the same street.
Armed with a crossbow and sword, Saghawat, 47, peered over his fence and fired a bolt from his weapon at his own shed in an attempt to frighten the intruders.
He then chased members of the fleeing gang into nearby Kerry Close where a number of getaway cars lay in wait.
The vehicles tried to run the Ramzans down as they made their escape and one crashed into a garden fence in nearby Wilson Road.
Meanwhile Waseem had caught one of the raiders, 19-year-old kickboxer Khuzaimah Douglas, and grappled with him in the street.
At this point Mohammed Sageer, 33, of Gorsty Avenue, Brierley Hill, arrived and joined in the attack.
Mr Douglas struggled to free himself, but all three men attacked him.
Saghawat then reloaded the crossbow and fired a bolt at almost point-blank range.
But he missed Mr Douglas, instead hitting his brother in the stomach. CCTV showed Waseem Ramzan remove the bolt from his body.
Saghawat then reloaded the crossbow and took another shot. This time the bolt, which travelled at 270ft-per-second, became embedded in Mr Douglas’ pelvic bone.
Mr Douglas managed to struggle to his feet and run but collapsed across the road. He suffered major blood loss and died at the scene.
Meanwhile, an injured Waseem, whom the court heard was undoubtedly shot by accident, was bundled into a people carrier and taken to hospital but could not be saved.
The trio had denied any knowledge of the cannabis farm, with Saghawat claiming he feared the burglars were targeting his home containing Cartier and Rolex watches.
They claimed to be acting in self-defence when the victims were killed but all three were found guilty of Mr Douglas’ murder.
Saghawat was also found guilty of the murder of Waseem Ramzan, while Omar and Sageer were found guilty of his manslaughter.
The three men were all handed life sentences at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday, March 12.
Saghawat Ramzan was given a minimum term of 33 years, while Omar Ramzan will serve a minimum of 22 years before he’s eligible for parole.
Sageer was told he would spend at least 20 years in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from West Midlands Police’s homicide team, said: “The actions of their actions had been “shocking, brutal and calculated”.
He continued: “To protect their cannabis grow, they were happy to use extreme violence in a brutal and sustained attack on Khuzaimah.
“We believe they wanted to send a clear message to the people who’d attempted to rob their cannabis factory. However, Saghawat also killed his own brother during the attack which further highlights their determination to cause serious harm and just how dangerous their weapons were.
“There is no place on our streets for violence like this or the armoury of weapons they chose to have and ultimately use.
“Two lives have been lost because these men decided to use extreme violence in an attempt to protect their illegal drug business.”