Five members of drill music gang jailed over planned attack

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Five gang members who made drill music videos glorifying violence have been locked up after being caught with baseball bats and machetes on their way to attack rivals.

Yonas Girma, 21, Micah Bedeau, 19, Isaac Marshall, 18, Jordan Bedeau and Rhys Herbert, both 17, were caught after a two-year probe into their music and social media accounts.

The group, who are members of the 1011 gang - based in Ladbroke Grove, west London - amassed millions of views on YouTube with their drill tracks, featuring violent lyrics.

The genre of rap music, which often features masked or hooded groups of men talking about guns, drugs and stabbings, has been linked to a rise in violent crime in the capital.

Officers swooped on the group in Colville Square on November 9 last year after they featured in seven videos on YouTube wearing balaclavas and full face masks.

They were armed with four large machetes, baseball bats, masks, balaclavas and gloves - and police suspect they were planning an attack on the rival 12 Worlds gang from Shepherd's Bush.

The defendants said they were on their way to make a music video when they were arrested and the weapons were simply props.

They initially denied a charge of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit violent disorder on the sixth day of their trial.

On Monday, they were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court, Scotland Yard said:

- Micah Bedeau, of Colville Square, Notting Hill, was jailed for three years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of cannabis.

- Girma, of Hounslow Road, Hanworth, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of a baseball bat.

- Marshall, of Ladbroke Grove, was jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

- Herbert, of Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill and Jordan Bedeau, of Colville Square, were both detained for a year after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Prosecutors have applied for criminal behaviour orders to ban the group from makingdrill music for up to five years and the judge will rule on the applications on Friday.

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