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Burglars jailed for 63 years

News   •   Sep 11, 2017 18:07 BST

[Aso Mohammed Ghadr was jailed for 15 years]

A gang of men who tied up their victims during a violent burglary have been jailed.

Five men appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 11 September, where they were sentenced for aggravated burglary, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent and two counts of false imprisonment:

Mohammed Ramjhun, 9.5.85, of Seaford Road, Ealing was jailed for eight years.

Usman Deen, 15.12.87, of Seacole Close, Ealing was jailed for eight years.

Hoopang Wong, 4.6.87 of Byron Way, Ealing was jailed for 12 years.

Andy Chu, 4.10.83 of Southdown Avenue, Ealing was jailed for eight years.

Kazm Kareem, 6.4.81 of no fixed abode was jailed for 12 years.

Kazm Kareem was found guilty of the offences following an eight-day trial at the same court, which concluded on Thursday, 22 June. The other four defendants pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

A sixth man - Aso Mohammed Ghadr, 32 (1.1.85) of Kedleston Walk, Bethnal Green - stood trial with Kazm Kareem and was found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. Today he was jailed for 15 years. Ghadr was found not guilty of intimidation of a witness.

Ghadr and one of the victims were known to each other and it is believed that Ghadr organised the robbery after a previous dispute over money.

Phone records showed that Ghadr had contact with the other defendants in the lead-up to the raid indicating a degree of pre-planning, and he also sourced one of the vehicles that transported the other men to the house.

This relates to an aggravated burglary in Walthamstow committed in December last year.

At around 0455hrs on 29 December 2016, a number of unknown suspects broke into a residential address on Warner Road, E17.

Three victims were in the property at the time. The suspects tied two of the victims up, and one was stabbed twice. They were threatened with a firearm and the suspects demanded money.

One of the victims called police for a short time to say burglars were in the house without giving the door number, and two Police Constables from Waltham Forest borough visited the street.

After a short search, they came to a property with an open door and lights on.

One of the officers spoke to a man leaving the address - this man has not been identified - while the other entered the property and went up the stairs.

Upon reaching the landing, he saw one of the victims lying on his stomach with his arms and legs bound.

This victim shouted that the intruders were armed with a gun. At this point the officer saw three suspects and a second victim who had blood on him.

The officer drew his Taser and three of the suspects - Wong, Ramjhun and Deen - got on the floor as instructed.

Two other suspects, Chu and Kareem, attempted to flee and ran down the main stairs towards the front door.

The second officer, stood in the doorway, also drew his Taser and detained the men. A firearm, which was later found to be an imitation, was recovered from the scene along with a number of knives.

The victim was taken to an east London hospital suffering wounds to his back, neck and right arm. He still has restricted movement of that hand.

The initial five defendants were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, and charged as above on 30 December 2016.

Aso Mohammed Ghadr was arrested in March 2017, three months after the raid. He was charged on 12 April.

Detective Constable Lee Warrington of the Met's Flying Squad said: "This was a terrifying burglary in which these defendants used extreme violence. Their victims awoke to a nightmare scenario of intruders inside their home and they are still traumatised by the events of that night.

"The officers were at the scene very quickly and were faced with a horrific scene, but they acted extremely quickly and decisively to bring the situation under control and used proportionate force to detain the suspects, despite being heavily outnumbered.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims for their bravery, courage and support throughout our investigation. These offenders have shown no remorse and I hope that the fact that they will collectively have 63 years to reflect on their actions brings a measure of comfort to their victims."