Five vicious thugs have been caged for a combined total of nearly twenty five years after being convicted of violent disorder and robbery at Harrow Crown Court.
The disgusting pack beatdown and robbery took place on the 17th of November 2019 when the victim, an off-duty police officer, left a bar on Rayners Lane at 3am.
He was pulled to the ground from behind by a cowardly assailant and found himself ambushed by a massive horde of twelve thugs, who began what the Metropolitan Police have called “a frantic attack, smashing a glass bottle on the victim’s arm in the process.
“During the rush, an individual snatched a chain from around the victim’s neck whilst another man punched him repeatedly until he handed over his watch.”
A pal tried to intervene but was blasted in the face by one of the attackers, leaving him with a broken nose and a fractured jaw. They went on to attack two other passers-by who attempted to step in.
The thieves stole the officer’s watch, along with his bank cards, driving licence, Oyster card, and police warrant card.
The victim has reported that he continues to feel pain at the site of the injuries he received – which included bruising to his ribs, back, and shoulders – and lives in fear of another criminal beating.
31-year-old Rodney Abrokwa and 29-year-old Christian Bangisa pleaded guilty to violent disorder and robbery and received four years and six months, and four years and one month behind bars respectively.
Three other accomplices – 30-year-old Daniel Agyeman, 31-year-old Iraawoosan Alba, and 29-year-old Shariff Fussaini – pleaded guilty to violent disorder but were subsequently found guilty of robbery too at trial. They received five years, six years, and five years behind bars respectively.
The criminals were convicted at the beginning of February but didn’t receive their sentences until last Friday.
“The CCTV shows these men committing a chaotic, brutal and sustained attack on the victim and others who were present on the night. It is clear that these individuals wanted nothing more than to steal valuable possessions from the victim” said Detective Inspector Gavin Collins who led the probe.
“The attackers acted purely on their desire to steal a valuable watch, and yet the incident resulted in many individuals being physically harmed, and many more onlookers having to witness a truly disturbing incident.
“The Met takes violence against victims and its officers extremely seriously. The group became aware that the victim was a police officer when they found his warrant card. They subsequently continued to rain blows down on the victim and committed further violence against others in the area, demonstrating their arrogance and total disregard for the fact that they were assaulting an emergency worker.
“I hope that knowing this group of men will be spending a significant time in prison provides some reassurance to the victims, and those who witnessed this awful incident. The Met and the judicial system will not tolerate violence in any form, not least when it is committed against a person who regularly and knowingly puts themselves in harm’s way for others.”