Gunman jailed for killing grandfather

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A grandfather who was shot dead after a night out in Nottingham became the latest victim to highlight the menace of gun crime in Britain yesterday. Richard Watson, 35, a convicted rapist, was jailed for life for murdering Amratlal Kanabar, 60, who sought refuge in Britain from the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

A grandfather who was shot dead after a night out in Nottingham became the latest victim to highlight the menace of gun crime in Britain yesterday. Richard Watson, 35, a convicted rapist, was jailed for life for murdering Amratlal Kanabar, 60, who sought refuge in Britain from the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

The killing, which took place in October last year, followed a 100mph car chase. Watson was ordered yesterday to serve a minimum of 24 years behind bars after taking his girlfriend, Rebecca Shakespeare, and her two young children to a Nottingham casino in search of someone to rob.

Armed with a sawn-off shotgun, he chased Mr Kanabar, a retired shopkeeper, and his three friends along the A46 towards Leicester before shooting him in "temper and frustration". Shakespeare, 25, was jailed for 10 years after the jury at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday cleared her of murder but found her guilty of conspiracy to rob and possessing a firearm.

Earlier one of Mr Kanabar's sons said his father came to Britain in 1971 in search of a safer and better life.