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Xhem Krasniqi gun death: Edmund Nela found not guilty

Xhem Krasniqi Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Xhem Krasniqi suffered a single bullet wound and died later in hospital

A 31-year-old man been found not guilty of murdering a scaffolder who was shot dead in a street.

Edmund Nela, of no fixed abode, was cleared of murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm at Hove Crown Court.

The jury had been told Mr Nela shot Xhem Krasniqi, 31, an Albanian national living in Kent, on 18 May.

Mr Krasniqi died in hospital after being wounded in the abdomen in Church Road, Hove.

He was with his brother and nephew when all three were shot at an incident which Sussex Police believed followed a dispute between two Albanian families.

'Difficult case'

Mr Krasniqi's nephew Kelmend Murataj and brother Ismail Zeneli were not hit but Mr Krasniqi was shot once.

During the three-week trial Mr Nela told the court the shooting was an accident.

He said Mr Krasniqi was part of a gang that was chasing after him and the gun went off during a struggle with an armed gang member.

Mr Nela was charged in July after being extradited from Italy, having been arrested in Milan by Italian police.

Det Supt Ian Pollard, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said it had been a difficult case.

"Whatever the reason was behind them meeting that day it did not warrant someone losing their life," he said.

"My sympathies go to Xhem's wife who sat through all the evidence, some of it was understandably difficult to listen to

"I would like to pay tribute to her resolve and composure throughout."

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