A TEENAGER in a gang of four who robbed two boys on a train before punching and stamping on them has been jailed for 30 months.
Suhaib Erekat, of Appletree Avenue, West Drayton, carried out the violent attack along with Sufi Sufi, Hisham Jama, and Dwayne Pennycooke, all aged 18.
The court heard how the gang had boarded a train in Brentford, at 8.30pm on March 8, and approached their victims, both aged 17, before starting a conversation. One of the victims tried to leave the train but was blocked from the aisle. He was then punched in the face twice and his glasses were knocked off.
The second boy also tried to get past the group, but he was dragged to the floor before being punched and stamped on. His friend tried to help, but was assaulted again. Their wallets and phones were stolen and the muggers told them to stay on the train when they got off at Chiswick station.
The British Transport Police robbery squad began an investigation and the four handed themselves in after seeing pictures of themselves in the press – Sufi and Jama on April 9, and Erekat and Pennycooke a week later.
The gang were sentenced on Friday, May 24 at Isleworth Crown Court. They had all admitted to two counts of robbery at an earlier hearing.
Erekat and Sufi, of Kings Avenue, Greenford, were sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in a young offenders’ institution.
Jama, of Palm Grove, Ealing, must serve 28 months imprisonment in a young offenders’ institution.
Pennycooke, of Navigator Drive, Southall, was given 24 months.
They all must pay compensation.