Man gets 22 years for Leith drug deal murder

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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, on December 4 last year before fleeing the scene.

Addison 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 led to the cells yesterday 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 to each other 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’s lawyer Brian Gilfedder said Addison maintained that what happened was an accident.