AN illegal immigrant shot a man in the neck after a gun handover went wrong, a court heard today.

Victim Sohaib Qureshi tried to drive to hospital after he was wounded but crashed into a parked vehicle.

The 37-year-old was treated at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary where he was found to have a bullet lodged at the back of his neck.

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The High Court in Edinburgh was told the Russian-made pistol, which had a silencer, used in the shooting may have suffered a “mechanical failure”, preventing it from firing numerous bullets in quick succession.

Albanian national Selim Manjani, 26, admitted he assaulted Mr Qureshi to his severe injury and to the danger of his life on April 9 last year in Calder Street, Glasgow.

Manjani, who had lived at McPherson Crescent, Chapelhall, in Lanarkshire, was originally charged with attempted murder, but the Crown accepted his guilty plea to a reduced offence.

He also admitted illegally possessing the weapon and ammunition.

The court heard Manjani had no previous convictions in Britain, but it was not known if he had a criminal record in his native Albania.

Vinit Khurana, prosecuting, said Mr Qureshi had arranged to meet Manjani at the request of an Albanian business associate.

The prosecutor said: “What happened next is not entirely clear but the two men got into a fight whilst in the car.”

Temporary judge Roger Craik QC deferred sentence for a report.

Manjani is currently being held in Glasgow’s Barlinnie prison and has been served notice of deportation.

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