Four Jailed Following Violent Robbery in Camden
The four will serve a combined total of at least 23 years after attacking and robbing a man at a home they mistakenly thought was a brothel.
The 33 year old victim was in his front garden when he was accosted by 18 year old Chisom Eriken, 18 year old Ali Shahali and a 17-year-old. He was forced inside and beaten and slashed with one of his own kitchen knives during a violent assault during which the trio were shouting:"Where's the stash... where's the girls."
They stole two lap tops and a games console, before making off in a waiting vehicle, driven by 22 year old Chandra Kelly.
The victim had to be treated for serious injuries including a severed tendon to his right hand and has been left with permanant scars to his arms.
It was discovered his house had been targeted because it had historically been a brothel although it had since been closed down by police.
DC Ben Tallick, from Camden's Robbery Squad, said:
"This appeared to be a pre-planned robbery at an address the convicted persons assumed was still a brothel. It quickly transpired however, it was in fact the home of an innocent member of the public. This did not deter them and they went on to assault and rob their victim in his own home. I would like to thank the members of the public who assisted with this investigation as without them, none of this would have been possible.
"I am pleased to see them imprisoned and hope this reassures the victim and the community that we are dedicated to bringing perpetrators of robbery to justice."
Chandra Kelly was sentenced to seven years, Chisom Eriken to six years, Ali Shahali and a 17 year old were given five years each.