Gunman jailed for killing man in botched drug deal

Police investigated the area after the incident in December last year. Picture: Neil Hanna

Police investigated the area after the incident in December last year. Picture: Neil Hanna

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A GUNMAN who blasted to death a Gambian national during a drug deal that went wrong has been jailed for at least 22 years.

Kevin Addison shot Dodou Leigh, 30, at a flat in Leith, Edinburgh on December 4 last year before fleeing the scene.

Addison today appeared at the High Court in Glasgow after earlier being convicted of murder.

He had admitted being responsible for the death – but claimed the loaded sawn off shotgun had discharged accidentally.

Judge John Morris QC told the 28 year-old that he was responsible for a “brutal” and “barbaric” killing.

Recalling the graphic images of the victim shown at the trial, the judge added: “The jury are likely to be haunted by the grossness of your actions for some time.”

Addison showed little emotion as he was lead to the cells to begin his life sentence.

A trial heard how Addison shot Leigh during a dispute between the pair.

The dad had gone to buy herbal cannabis from the Gambian – but had earlier got hold of a firearm and ammunition fearing he could be robbed.

Addison told a jury that he became panicky when Leigh and another man in the flat started talking in a language he did not understand.

He said he was then trying to leave the property when he heard Leigh’s footsteps behind him.

Addison claimed: “I took the shotgun out, pointed it in his direction and told him to open the door and let me out.”

He said Leigh tried to grab him and the weapon.

Addison went on: “I tried to pull away and there was a bang. He was a big guy. When the gun went off, it flipped into the air and landed on the ground.

“I was in shock for a second or two. I picked it up and went to the door.”

His lawyer Brian Gilfedder today said Addison maintained that what happened was an accident.