A DRUG dealer who blasted a man with a sawn-off shotgun during a cannabis deal is facing a life sentence after being convicted of murder.
Kevin Addison claimed he shot 30-year-old Dodou Leigh “by accident” as the pair grappled for the gun as a drug deal went sour.
But at the High Court in Edinburgh, a jury rejected the 28-year-old’s story and found him guilty of the murder at a flat in Hawkhill Close, next to Hibs’ Easter Road stadium.
His friends and co-accused, cousins George and Roche Thomson, who were in the flat at the time of the shooting, walked free from court after their murder charge was found not proven.
Detective Inspector Scott Cunningham, from Police Scotland’s Specialist Crime Division, said: “Dodou Leigh was shot by Kevin Addison, who fled the scene, leaving his victim to bleed to death within the flat.
“His murder caused considerable concern within the community. It is my sincere hope that today’s conviction provides some closure for Dodou Leigh’s family, who have suffered a harrowing ordeal as a result of his death in such violent circumstances.”
Addison and the Thomsons were buying cannabis from Mr Leigh, who was originally from Gambia, and were caught on CCTV running from his flat following the shooting.
The end of the gun barrel and nine cartridges kept in a sock were later recovered in Tranent, but not the murder weapon.
The jury heard Addison of Well Wynd, Tranent, had a long record of offending, including convictions for violence.
Giving evidence, Addison told the court that he was going to pay £7000 for a kilo of cannabis but became worried that he was going to be “bumped” – or robbed – during the buy.
He sourced the shotgun from a Tranent drug dealer before setting off to Hawkhill Close on December 4 last year.
Hiding the gun down his trousers, Addison said he decided to leave the flat when the deal was taking too long, but panicked when he heard Mr Leigh’s footsteps behind him.
He said: “He tried to grab me round the back of the head with his right hand. He grabbed the gun. We pulled it away from each other and then there was a bang.”
Addison had offered to plead guilty to culpable homicide, admitting in court that “I don’t expect to get off lightly for this”, but denied the shooting was intentional.
But DJ and music producer Ibrahim Krubally, 33, a friend of Mr Leigh who was also in the flat, said that Addison also pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the weapon did not fire.
Roche Thomson, of Tranent, and George Thomson, 30, of Wemyss House, Port Seton, had denied murder, claiming they never saw Addison’s shotgun until after it was fired.
Addison is expected to be sentenced next month when judge John Morris QC has received background reports.