Saturday 24 March 2018

Future soldier and graduate among dozens up in court


Tom Whitehead

A future soldier, a graphic designer and a university graduate were among dozens of alleged rioters who appeared in court yesterday.

A total of 99 people have so far been charged with offences connected with the violence and looting in London over the past three days.

At least 40 of them appeared in court yesterday as surprising details emerged of the kind of people allegedly involved.

One was a man who was about to join the army, while others included a youth worker and a forklift truck driver.

Other cases revealed the tactics allegedly used by suspects during the disturbances.

Officers allegedly found text messages on 25-year-old Kieron Samuels's phone following his arrest for looting JD Sports, which appeared to show the co-ordination behind the riots.

Camberwell Green Magistrates Court heard the texts included: "F*** the fees!

"Everyone in south link up -- bring your bags and trolleys!"

Mr Samuels, of Peckham, was remanded in custody.

The majority of those who appeared at Camberwell were charged with burglary over the looting of branches of Currys, H&M, JD Sports and a string of mobile phone shops in Brixton on Sunday night.


Several alleged looters admitted to trespassing in shops but insisted they were looking for friends at the time to try and persuade them to leave.

More than 20 alleged rioters were remanded in custody.

Rickel Simon (23), of Lewisham, south-east London, is alleged to have beaten a police officer round the head with his own baton during a scuffle as he was being arrested.

Others involved in the riot included 20-year-old Essex University student Banye Kanon, of Croydon, and twin brothers Icah and Micha Livingston, both 19, who are all alleged to have joined looters at Currys in Effra Road, Brixton.

Proceedings were interrupted for several minutes as their mother wailed in the public gallery, saying they would "die" in prison. She said: "They shouldn't have been there at that time. I thought they had gone to the gym."

The brothers, both of Tulse Hill, south London, are said to have stolen a laptop and were remanded in custody until next Monday.

At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, Adrian Cotton (25), of Edmonton, pleaded guilty to burglary in a north London Asda store after breaking in.

The prosecution said Mr Cotton, a forklift truck driver, had been stopped by police as he attempted to loot the store. He was granted unconditional bail and will appear at Wood Green Crown Court at a later date.

A total of 525 arrests have been made in connection with the riots. The 99 who have been charged include 63 for burglary, eight for public disorder and two for assault on police. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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