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Gang member jailed for firearm offences

News   •   Feb 22, 2019 16:57 GMT

[Dkwan Mitchell]

A gang member has been jailed for firearm offences.

Dkwan Mitchell, 24 (14.04.94) from Wood Green, North London, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 22 February where he was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment for being in possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and six years' imprisonment for possession of live ammunition with intent to endanger life. Both sentences will run concurrently.

Mitchell had earlier pleaded guilty to both offences at the same court on 31 January.

The court also concluded that Mitchell is a dangerous offender and this will be taken into account on his release from prison.

On 19 March 2018 at around 14:15hrs, local Haringey proactive team officers were on patrol at Hartington Park, N17 when they came upon Mitchell and a 16-year-old boy, both of whom appeared nervous and were taking active steps to avoid the officers. Due to their behaviour, officers approached the males who changed direction on seeing the officers but were detained after a short struggle, with Mitchell attempting to run off.

Both young men were detained for the purpose of a search, and Mitchell was found to be wearing a bulletproof vest and a hat with dreadlocks attached. The bag he carried was found to contain a copy of a Russian service pistol that had been modified to fire live ammunition.

The 16-year-old boy had a large machete with a sheath concealed in his trousers and inside the bag he carried was another self-loading pistol loaded with live ammunition.

Both were arrested.

On 21 March 2018, Mitchell was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, contrary to Section 16 Firearms Act 1968 and possession of ammunition without a certificate, contrary to Section 1(1) (b) Firearms Act 1968. He was remanded in custody to await trial.

Detective Sergeant Mark Attridge, from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "It is highly likely that Mitchell, who is a gang member, was in Tottenham intending to seriously injure rival gang members - this theory is supported by the loaded firearm he carried, the bullet proof vest he wore, and the location he was in when arrested.

"The sentence handed down has awarded the public a well-earned reprieve from Mitchell who has 11 convictions since 2004, for violence, weapons and theft offences.

"I would like to recognise the unarmed officers who confronted the armed and cornered gang members, putting their own safety in jeopardy in order to protect the communities they serve and the team of Trident detectives who have worked tirelessly to present the overwhelming evidence to the court that secured this conviction."

The 16-year-old boy [B] was charged on the same day with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life contrary to Section 16 Firearms Act 1968, possession of ammunition without a certificate contrary to Section 1(1)(b) Firearms Act 1968 and possession of an article with a point or blade, contrary to Section 139 Criminal Justice Act 1968. He was remanded in custody to await trial.

On 12 October 2018, the [B] entered a guilty plea on all counts and was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court to five years and five months' imprisonment. This was a heavily discounted sentence due to his age and early guilty plea.