Gang Members Jailed For Total Of 26 Years

18th June 2019

Two members of an east London gang found in possession of weapons, firearms and ammunition have been jailed for a total of 26 years.

The two males men were previously found guilty of the following offences after a five week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court:

- Two counts of possession of an offensive weapon (baseball bat and machete)

- Possession of ammunition

- Possession of a loaded revolver with intent to endanger life

- Possession of a loaded shotgun with intent to endanger life

They were sentenced as follows at the same court on Friday, 14 June:

- Kevin Tshoma, 27 (14.07.1991), of no fixed abode was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment

- Hafedh Rashid, 22 (27.07.1996) of Paragon Close, E16 was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment

A 16-year-old boy who was also found guilty of the same offences will be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard how the trio were operating as part of an east London gang, arming themselves with weapons and creating threatening videos to taunt rival groups.

The Met's Trident and Area Command apprehended them in May 2018 following a proactive surveillance operation.

On 21 May 2018, officers observed the three men acting suspiciously around a VW Golf, owned by Tshoma, in Britannia Court, Barking.

On a hot summers day, Rashid was then seen walking into the courtyard wearing a grey tracksuit, black gloves and an item of clothing draped around his head and neck. 

He opened the door of the VW and picked up a bag, with an image of a cartoon character on, before walking back towards an underground car park in Britannia Court.

At the same time, the Juvenile, who officers believe was keeping a look out for Tshoma, was seen standing in the vicinity for a prolonged period of time.

All three men stayed together in the underground car park for a short period of time until Tshoma entered an address in Britannia Court.

Shortly after, Tshoma emerged from the address carrying a black bag and a baseball bat. The three males met by the VW Golf before entering an Audi and driving off together.

At this point, Trident officers gained entry to the VW Golf that had been left behind in Britannia Court. Inside by the driver's foot well, they seized the cartoon character bag containing a loaded shotgun, shotgun cartridges, bin liners, a black revolver gun and four bullets.

During further forensic examination of the car, additional items were recovered including a pair of disposable gloves and a machete, which was later linked to the juvenile following fingerprint analysis.

The Audi being driven by the three males was stopped by armed officers on the A13 at approximately 17:19hrs. All three were arrested and taken into custody.

Upon searching the Audi, officers found numerous mobile phones, a pair of disposable gloves with gunshot residue on them, two walkie-talkies, a baseball bat and a balaclava.

They were all charged on Tuesday, 22 May.

Detective Constable Jim Emery said: "These men played an integral part in inciting violence and raising tensions
between numerous gangs operating in east London.

"Our investigation revealed the defendants featuring in a number of threatening videos and were clearly in possession of a large amount of weapons and ammunition.

"Tackling this type of gang violence in Beckton has been a priority for our team over the past year and the community will certainly be a safer place with these dangerous individuals behind bars.

"I hope today's sentencing acts as a stark reminder to those involved in this type of criminality and highlights our commitment to tackling gang culture and its associated violence in London."

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