A GANG of vicious thugs from across the borough have been found guilty after making life a living hell for a teenager on the Copley Close Estate.
Following a four week trial at Isleworth Crown Court, nine males were sentenced on Friday (December 9) for offences including possession of an offensive weapon, breach of anti-social behaviour orders, harassment and possession of an imitation firearm.
The sentencing brings to an end a lengthy ordeal for the 17-year-old victim, who cannot be named, and his family. The teenager repeatedy resisted being recruited by members of a local gang living near his home on the Hanwell estate.
On April 5 2010, he was forced into an alleyway in West Ealing before being beaten and stabbed in the hand while trying to protect himself. Five days later, he was harassed by the group in Ealing Broadway. The following day, gang members went round to his home and confronted the victim and his family.
On September 16, he was tricked into going outside before being lead to a concealed alleyway, where he was humiliated in front of other gang members, one of whom produced another firearm.
Detective Constable Reuben Pearson from the Serious Violence Team said: “We praise the courage of the victim for coming forward to police and the support of his family.
“This excellent result goes to show that police and local agencies working together to support the victim and their families can bring gangs of youths, who threaten and intimidate members of the local community, to justice.”
Out of the nine gang members who appeared in court, five were identified as being from Ealing. Sentencing was as follows;
Younis Tayyib, 18 of Northcote Avenue, Ealing was given a 55 week sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a supervision order for two years and 100 hours community service.
Janhelle Grant-Murray, 18 of Upfield Road, Hanwell was given 12 months for possession of an offensive weapon and harassment. He was also given an ASBO which will last two years.
Samunder Enock-Gill, 18 who is understood to have lived in Northfields at the time of the offence and now resides in Brixton, and Zeeno Rasheed, 18, of Brouncker Road, Acton each had their sentencing deferred for six months. Both were given a two-year ASBO.
James Varghese, 19 of Willowbrook Road, Southall, was given 12 months for firearms offences, breach of ASBO and harassment.
Every one of the nine youths was also given a two-year restraining order against the victim and their family.