Category Archives: Joint Enterprise
A man was jailed for life today for plotting to rob and kill international pop star Joss Stone.
Kevin Liverpool, 35, was told by a judge at Exeter Crown Court that he would have to serve a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and eight months before he could be considered for parole.
Liverpool and co-accused Junior Bradshaw, 32, harboured deep hatred for the soul singer. The defendants, both of St Stephen’s Close, Longsight, Manchester were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to rob after just four hours’ deliberations following a three-week trial.
Judge Francis Gilbert QC, The Recorder of Exeter, told Liverpool: “You intended to rob her and kill her and dump her body in the river, according to your words, and then leave the country with your accomplice Junior Bradshaw.” Sentencing on Bradshaw was adjourned until a later date.
The judge told Liverpool: “It is clear from your text messages on your phone that from as early as November 2010 you had been planning to rob someone from what you hoped would be in excess of £1 million. By January 2011 you wanted a semi-automatic handgun and you had identified Joss Stone as the target. You had no reason to target her except that she was a wealthy young woman as she was a successful singer.
“You assumed as she was a friend of the royal family she would be able to give you money of that sort of amount. She was a random target that you choose because she was a popular singer who you thought was wealthy.”
The judge said that Liverpool had recruited Bradshaw into the scheme. He also branded Liverpool as “dangerous” and said the public needed protection from people like him. “Life imprisonment is what it says,” the judge told Liverpool. “It is an indefinite sentence and you will not be released before it is considered safe for you to be released.”
The judge said he was considering passing a hybrid sentence on Bradshaw, meaning he would receive a custodial sentence but would most likely serve it in a secure psychiatric unit.
In a statement after the verdicts, Joss said: “I’d like to thank everyone for all their support and kind wishes. I am relieved the trial is now over and that these men are no longer in a position to cause harm to anyone.”
Superintendent Steve Parker, who led the investigation, welcomed the convictions. “This has been a long and difficult investigation,” he said.
Three men were jailed for life today for a gang-related shooting that left a five-year-old girl paralysed.
Nathaniel Grant, Anthony McCalla and Kazeem Kolawole were hunting down a rival gang member when they shot Thusha Kamaleswaran at her aunt’s south London shop in March last year.
They were found guilty last month of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Thusha and shopper Roshan Selvakumar, who was shot in the face, as well as attempted murder of their intended victim Roshaun Bryan.
Grant will serve a minimum of 17 years, and Kolawole and McCalla at least 14 years.
Kolawole, 19, of Kennington, south east London; McCalla, 20, of Streatham, south London; and Grant, 21, of Camberwell, south east London, were told their crimes were “of the utmost gravity”.
Judge Martin Stephens QC said: “Much of what you did was captured on CCTV and has been shown on television screens across the land.
“One can only imagine the effect on the public when they saw what you had done.”
He said the trio had gone out with a “determined, premeditated intention to kill” that day.
Judge Stephens continued: “Mr Selvakumar was hit in the head but miraculously survived with a piece of bullet remaining in his head.
“Five-year-old Thusha, who was dancing around with her family in the shop, was hit in the body. Only the skill and devotion of the medical teams who became involved saved her life but she remains paralysed below her chest and this condition is permanent.
“This simple but devastating statement of the essential facts of the case illustrate the gravity of these offences, riddled as they are with aggravating factors.”
Judge Stephens told the trio: “Not one of you has, in my judgment, shown a sliver of remorse.”
Grant has previous convictions for robbery and possession of an offensive weapon, Kolawole for affray, and McCalla for robbery, affray, possessing an offensive weapon with intent and violent disorder.
The judge said they posed “a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm in the future”.
He said: “You, Grant, were the gunman and the other two your fully supportive lieutenants backing up all your actions to the hilt and giving you the support and encouragement to carry out these terrible deeds.
“In my judgment, this is an exceptional case of the utmost gravity.
“Shooting into a shop, a confined space where it was known there were people present, is an attack on society itself by men who saw themselves as outside the law and above the law.”
Judge Stephens said the convictions would not have been possible without CCTV, and that he hoped Thusha could go on to lead as full a life as possible.
The trio cycled up to Stockwell Food and Wine on March 29 last year and Grant opened fire into the shop, hitting Mr Selvakumar and Thusha.
Jurors were told he would have been able to see the girl as he fired his second shot.
The three men were members of the Brixton-based OC (Organised Criminals) gang, and were on the hunt for a member of their bitter rivals ABM (All Bout Money).
Thusha was hit in the chest and the bullet passed through the seventh vertebra of her spine.
She went into cardiac arrest twice and had to undergo emergency surgery in the shop and at hospital, and is now permanently paralysed.
Mr Selvakumar has bullet fragments lodged in his head that cannot safely be removed.
After the verdicts last month, Thusha, now six, told the Daily Mail: “I worry that someone will try to hurt me again.”
Her family has been left battling debt and mother Sharmila Kamaleswaran is said to have suffered insomnia and depression.
She said in a victim impact statement that seeing her daughter, who dreamed of being a dancer, in a hospital bed “took my heart away”.
Speaking outside court, Detective Superintendent Gordon Allison said the only time the men had apologised or shown any remorse was when they were seeking to reduce theirprison sentences.
He said: “To the gang members in London: Trident gang command is here. Should you wish to leave gangs, we will engage with you and help you.
“If you do not want to leave gangs and you want to go on with your criminality, we will come after you.”
CALL FOR SUPPORT BY ‘JENGbA
Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association
Which country convicts a partially blind unarmed 16 year old schoolboy* of Murder and locks him up for Life on the basis of his proximity to an offence?
Which country convicts 21 schoolchildren aged between 14 and 17 of Murder, locks them up for Life as a result of a spontaneous fight between two of the children from opposing schools?
Which country convicts you of Murder and locks you up for more than 30 years just because you made a phone call to someone who may have committed a crime on that day?
Judging by media reports you could be forgiven for thinking that the country in question was some tinpot dictatorship that rules by corruption, fear and draconian laws, but NO! This is happening in Merry Old England Today!
The law of Joint Enterprise has been given such a loose and wide translation that the normal rules governing the evidenciary basis of the rule of law is being circumvented and hundreds of, mainly children, members of BME communities, the underclass and working classes are being targeted.
JENGbA is campaigning to change the law as it is currently being selectively used; to secure the release of innocent prisoners serving anything from 12 to 40 years of a life sentence; support prisoners and their families. JENGbA meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at Hulme Centre, Royce Road, Hulme M15 5FS. Meetings start at 7pm. All welcome. Contact: Mo Riaz (convicted and jailed for the 1984 murder of India’s High Commissioner in Birmingham released in 2003) at: email@example.com
*16 year old partially blind : http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/apr/26/guilty-of-being-in-wrong-crowd