Notting Hill gang members jailed after Trident operation

Five members of a Notting Hill gang who made drill music videos to glorify violence have been jailed after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

The gang pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, 16 May after arming themselves with machetes and baseball bats to take on a rival gang last November.

On Monday, 11 June they were sentenced at the same court.

Micah Bedeau, 18 (5.6.99) of Colville Square W11 was jailed for a total of three years and three months. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and three months to run consecutively for possession of cannabis.

Yonas Girma, 21 (25.7.96) of Hounslow Road, Hanworth was jailed for a total of three years and six months. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and 12 months to run concurrently for possession of an offensive weapon. He received an extra six months to run consecutively after being found in possession of a make-shift knife in prison while on remand for this case.

Isaac Marshall, 18 (23.12.99) of Ladbroke Grove W10 was jailed for a total of two years. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and 15 months to run concurrently for possession of a bladed article.

Jordan Bedeau, 17 (13.2.01) of Colville Square W11 (brother of Micah) was sentenced to a total of a 12-month detention and training order. He received a 12-month order for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and a 10-month order to run concurrently for possession of a bladed article.

Rhys Herbert, 17 (29.6.00) of Lonsdale Road W11 was sentenced to a total of a 12-month detention and training order. He received a 12-month order for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and a 10-month order to run concurrently for possession of a bladed article.

A hearing continues, and has been adjourned until Friday, 15 June, to determine whether the defendants should also be given either three or five-year Criminal Behaviour Orders prohibiting them from making this type of music – referencing violence – again. Local officers at Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea spent two years gathering evidence of the gang’s music and social media activity for intelligence purposes and presented a raft of evidence to the court to demonstrate how the gang were promoting violence through their lyrics and actions.

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