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Gang sentenced to over 60 years in prison

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Gang members jailed for over 60 years

Three men from Birmingham have been sentenced to a total of 61 years in prison for kidnap, rape of a woman, false imprisonment and the stabbing of a man in Exeter.

Abdirahman Abukar, aged 19, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, was sentenced to 23 years, Abdirahman Kadir, 21, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 23 years and Ibrahim Mohammed, 18, was sentenced to 15 years in prison at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday 22 August.

The gang’s drugs runner, Amber Olivia, 22, [pictured] was sentenced yesterday [Wednesday 23 August] to three and a half years in prison for supply of Class A drugs.

The men, who were part of an organised crime group who called themselves ‘Chyna Crew’, were found guilty for the stabbing of Joseph Kelly, who they believed to be a rival drug dealer. The stabbing took place on York Road, Exeter, on 23 February 2017.

Both Abukar and Kadir were also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on 8 February 2017.

The court also heard how the victim from another incident, a woman in her 20s, attended a house on Sandford Walk in Exeter to buy heroin on February 23 2017. The woman was then threatened at knifepoint and sexually assaulted and taken to another premises on Ashmore Court on Haven Road, where she was sexually assaulted further. She managed to escape the ordeal by telling the men that she was going to a shop and then raised the alarm.

It was whilst being held that the woman overheard the gang mention that they were going to harm another man who they named Joseph Kelly, the victim of the stabbing.

Drugs runner, Amber Olivia, was also sentenced to three and a half years in prison for supply of Class A drugs and helping the gang track down Joseph Kelly, the man that they went on to stab. Olivia was also present at the address when the female victim was kidnaped and raped.

DI Tanya Youngs said: “We welcome the guilty verdict by the jury in this serious and unusual case and thank the victims and witnesses who supported this prosecution and who showed courage and resilience in the process.

“The three main offenders, Kadir, Abukar and Ibrahim were part of an organised crime group who came to Exeter to supply class A drugs. In February 2017, having fallen out with a rival gang, two of the offenders, Kadir and Abukar, discharged a firearm into the front door of a flat in the city. On that occasion thankfully no one was harmed.

“On the evening of the 23 of February 2017 all three males abducted a vulnerable female and subjected her to a horrendous ordeal where she was both physically and sexually abused over a number of hours. The same evening the three offenders with the assistance of the fourth defendant, Amber Olivia attacked and stabbed a male on York Road causing serious injury. This attack was linked to the supply of drugs.

“This was an intensive and fast moving investigation that led officers to Wales where three of the four offenders were arrested and I would like to thank the team who have worked tirelessly gathering evidence as well as supporting and safeguarding those affected.

“I would also like to reassure the public that violent gang related behaviour and the use of firearms remains extremely rare in Exeter and Devon and Cornwall as a whole. However as a force we are trained and equipped to deal with incidents of this nature if they arise and as in this case will work very hard to ensure justice is served and the public are kept safe.”

Officer in charge DC Ben Gainford said: “It is a priority of the force to protect vulnerable people. Much of the work completed by the team has been in advising the victims, in extremely difficult circumstances, that standing up to those who abuse them is the best thing for both themselves and other in their close circles.

“People addicted to drugs are often victims of crime but often struggle to report their abusers. I can honestly say that, in this case, without their bravery these convictions would not have been possible.”


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