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Jailed over killing mate

A DRUG affected teenager who fatally shot a former schoolmate in Merrylands nearly two years ago, will spend at least seven years in jail.

Youssef Elsamad was 19 at the time and said he was afraid for his life during an argument with 22-year-old Mohamed Salihy in the garage of his Merrylands West unit on January 19, 2018.
The pair had argued about drugs during two encounters earlier in the day and during the third meeting, Mr Elsamad armed himself with a shotgun which discharged less than metre from Mr Salihy, fatally wounding him in the chest.
Prosecutors argued that he deliberately pulled the trigger but after initially trying to blame a “chubby” gunman wearing a “skeleton face mask”, Mr Elsamad said the shotgun discharged accidentally as he and Mr Salihy wrestled for it.
A jury found him guilty of manslaughter and on Friday, while noting his “unsatisfactory” evidence and “disturbing“ criminal history given his age, Acting Justice Peter Hidden sentenced him to 10 years’ jail, with seven years’ non-parole.