TWO men have been convicted of murdering a 22-year-old man in Central Avenue, Hayes, last October.

Philip Fashakin, 26, and Juskiran Sidhu, 28, were found guilty at the Old Bailey on Wednesday and will be sentenced there next Tuesday.

The court heard that victim Hashim Abdalla Ali was the passenger in a black Mercedes being driven by his friend.

At around 2.30pm, the car had just pulled up when the pair fired a gun towards the passenger side, striking Mr Ali.

His driver tried to get Mr Ali to Hillingdon Hospital but collided with a number of stationary cars in West Drayton Road.

A passing ambulance stopped to provide assistance but, despite their best efforts, Mr Ali was pronounced dead.

Detectives gathered CCTV and mobile phone evidence from the days leading up to and on the day of the murder.

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Footage showed Fashakin hiring a dark grey Volkswagen Golf from a depot in Reading.

The same car was captured arriving in Central Avenue on the day of the murder and again leaving the location just a minute after the shooting.

Later that afternoon, the pair were caught on CCTV at a shopping centre, where they bought new clothes and dumped the clothing they had been wearing in a bin outside.

They also bought new sim cards and disposed of their old numbers.

Sidhu was eventually arrested in a hotel in Birmingham, where he was using a false name.

Fashakin was arrested at a different location in Birmingham a week later.Both denied the murder.

Acting Det Chief Insp Garry Moncrieff said: “Fashakin and Sidhu thought they could evade justice and set about doing everything they could to escape the police and cover up their involvement.

“We hope this conviction shows we will do everything in our power to get violent criminals off our streets and that this brings some closure for Mr Ali’s family.”