Two men found Guilty of the murder of man found Dead in Corhampton

Two men have been guilty of murder after a man was found shot dead in Corhampton.

The killing was described as a “planned assassination” of drugs supplier Gurinderjit Rai in a dispute over a £115,000 debt and the theft of cocaine and cannabis.

Mr Rai, who was 30, was found dead in a car in a layby opposite Corhampton Golf Club on Shepherds Farm Lane on July 13th 2019.

The father-of-two died of gunshot wounds and today a jury at Winchester Crown Court found Aston Hannis, 30, from Eastleigh, and Charlie Statham, 30, of Oliver’s Battery, Winchester, guilty of murder.

Two other men, Paul White, 27, from Winchester, and Corin Barlow, 41, from Horley, were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

Barlow was said by the prosecution to have supplied the weapon and White drove to meet Hannis and Statham after the Mercedes saloon car they had been driving was disposed of.

All four men are due to be sentenced on April 23rd.

A fifth man, Phillip Hodan, 43, from Owslebury, was found cleared of participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group.