Two men who breached an interim gang injunction have been given a suspended jail sentence.
Terrell Doyley (28.10.97) and Joshua Malinga, (16.03.97) both from Lambeth, were sentenced to nine months, suspended for two years, at Croydon County Court after breaching the injunction which was made on Monday, 13 August 2018.
It was breached when they performed drill music that incited and encouraged violence against rival gang members and then posted it on social media.
The injunction was originally made against the individuals as they were members of a gang in Lambeth and were associated with the escalating gang violence in the borough.
The case was heard on 10 and 14 January where full orders were made. The injunction was ordered for a period of two years and the defendants were ordered to pay the Met’s costs.
The court found the individuals were members of a gang and their activities, including, but not limited to, the production of drill music videos, could, and did, amount to gang-related violence and threats of violence under the Policing and Crime Act 2009.
Detective Inspector Luke Williams, of Lambeth and Southwark’s Gangs Unit, said: “Gang injunctions are a great way to enable officers to tackle those involved in gangs and serious violence.
“Where intelligence identifies somebody is a member of a gang and the requirements of the Policing and Crime Act are met, we will seek to obtain gang injunctions to suppress serious violence across the Capital.
“I am pleased with the sentences passed in these cases which reflect that the police and courts are unwilling to accept behaviour leading to serious violence. The court found that violence in drill music can, and did in this case, amount to gang-related violence.
“Tackling violence is a top priority for the Met, and officers are working day and night to remove weapons from the streets and arrest those intent on causing serious harm to others. There is still much more to do, and you can help us.”
Your information is vital and giving it can be done entirely anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”
Young people who have information about crime, drug dealing or someone who carries a knife can visit www.fearless.org where information can also be passed on completely anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is independent of the police.
Parents, carers, youth workers and teachers can help us by being extra vigilant and spotting the signs that a young person might be involved with crime or gang activity. Speak to your child regularly – do you know who they are hanging out with? Where do they go after school? If a young person is being influenced or groomed by an older person or potential gang member, signs could include them wearing new, expensive clothes or shoes that you did not buy. Whilst it may sound silly, check what your child is wearing or if they come home with a new possession, such as a phone. Do you know where it came from?
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