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Five men jailed after revolver recovered by officers in Lambeth

News   •   May 27, 2021 10:40 BST

[The revolver recovered by police]

Five men have been sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, 26 May for numerous firearms offences after police found a revolver a car in south London.

During a trial at the same court, the Judge and jury heard that a surveillance investigation led armed officers to discover the weapon inside a blue Toyota Prius on Wood Vale, SE23 on 4 July 2019.


[A] Reece White, 22 (17.01.99) of Kirkstall Road, SW2 pleaded guilty on 5 October 2020 to possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.


[B] Nathaniel Corbett, 26 (25.09.94) of Tilson Gardens, SW2 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.


[C] Michael Adebambo, 27 (08.08.93) of Clarence Crescent, SW2 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.


[D] Siraatillah Ford, 22 (07.01.99) of Stockwell Road, SW9 was found guilty of possession of a firearm on Friday, 16 April. He will be sentenced at a later date.


A further two men were also found guilty of transferring a firearm.


[E] Jordan Adams, 29 (02.10.91) of Lewisham High Street, SE13 was found guilty of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.


[F] Nail Johnson, 28 (30.01.93) of Star Lane, Orpington was found guilty of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 on Friday, 16 April. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.


Their arrests were part of an operation executed by officers on 4 July 2019 in the Lewisham area.

At approximately 18:20hrs, an armed stop was conducted on the Prius in Wood Vale, SE23.


The male passenger, White, was detained, and in his bag officers recovered a revolver. He was arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.


A further surveillance operation was conducted in order to locate a Ford Focus.


This vehicle containing Adebambo and Corbett, who had been observed being involved in the collection of the revolver from another group of men.


At 18:50hrs, the vehicle was stopped and the men were detained on New Park Road, near Freeman House, SW2.


They were arrested and subsequently charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and remanded in custody.


A dedicated investigation by specialist crime officers into the circumstances surrounding the handover of the weapon identified that Johnson and Adams were the men responsible for transferring the firearm.


Adams was arrested on 2 July 2019 on suspicion of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.


Johnson was arrested on 14 October 2019 on suspicion of transferring a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.


Ford was arrested on 16 July 2019 on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.


The gun has since been test-fired by an expert and it has been found to be a firearm in working order and capable of firing live ammunition.


A 24-year-old man, arrested on 4 July 2019, was found not guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on Friday, 16 April at Woolwich Crown Court.


Detective Constable Iain Logan, of Specialist Crime South, said:

“I’m really proud to have been part of the team that has put six very dangerous individuals behind bars for a significant amount of time. More importantly it’s the pride of knowing that thanks for the efforts of the team, and colleagues from our Firearms Command, a working and capable gun has now been destroyed and will no longer be available to criminals.”

Anyone with information about someone who may be carrying a weapon or is involved in violent crime is urged to contact police immediately or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.