Prison For Hampshire Armed Robbers
19th September 2016
Five men have been jailed for a total of 53 years and two months for their part in an armed robbery in Portsmouth.
Officers were called to Sultan Road, Portsmouth, on April 13, 2015, after four men with their faces covered forced their way into an address, threatening those inside with a gun.
Abner Emedeme, 22, of no fixed abode, Richard Bailey, 27, of London Road, Mitcham, London and Fazain Hussain, 23, from London pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
Ryan Orme, 19, from Gosport and Draid Nurse, 21, of Cairo Terrace, Portsmouth were both found guilty following a trial for conspiracy to commit robbery.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard how Bailey, Emedeme, Hussain and another unknown man burst into the address at around 8pm where there were two women and two young children inside.
The men threatened those inside with the guns and demanded money, at one point holding a gun to one of the women's head and waving it in front of the children.
One of the children tried to run from the address, cutting his feet on the shattered glass from the front door but two of the men stopped him from leaving.
The men left the address after five minutes empty handed.
Officers were able to track down the taxi the men used to get to and from the scene and the taxi driver was able to tell them where he dropped them off.
Police searched the area and found two groups of three men who matched the descriptions given by the victim.
Three of them, Orme, Bailey and Emedeme, were seen to get into a taxi at the Toby Carvery in Portsmouth and officers stopped the car and arrested them before it drove off.
The other three got away but further enquiries identified Nurse as a suspect and he was arrested at his home address the next day where officers found the phone that was used to call the first taxi which took them to and from Sultan Road.
Hussain was then indentified as a result of extensive mobile phone enquiries which linked him to those arrested and showed that the call to the taxi which picked up Orme, Bailey and Emedeme was made from his phone.
Richard Bailey was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison. Fazin Hussain and Abner Emedeme were jailed for 11 years each. Draid Nurse was sentenced to ten years in prison and Ryan Orme was jailed for seven years.
Speaking after the sentencing Detective Constable Mark Edis said: "This was a despicable premeditated crime which was carried out with no regard to the fact that two young children were present.
"This was a terrifying incident for all those involved and they have shown immense bravery throughout this investigation, helping us to ensure these dangerous men are no longer on our streets.
"I hope that these sentences imposed by the court today will help to give them a sense of closure so that they can move on with their lives.
"I also hope they will act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks this sort of crime will be tolerated in Hampshire."