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8 London criminals jailed last week including stalker, murderer and jealous man who stabbed his ex

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Each week, the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service dedicate hundreds of hours to examining CCTV, witness evidence and mobile data to ensure that those terrorising our streets are locked up as soon as possible.

Last week was no exception, with one man receiving a life sentence for chasing and stabbing his former friend in North London, with another jailed for 18 years for attacking four innocent people with a hammer. Meanwhile, an investigation also led to the discovery of a drug dang who were selling sweets laced with cannabis through social media.

MyLondon have taken a look at the terrifying criminals placed behind bars last week.

Morteza Ahmadi

Morteza Ahmadi was jailed for 18 years for attacking four people in central London

A man who walked down Regents Street and smashed random women over the head with a hammer was jailed for 18 years. Morteza Ahmadi, 39, had seriously injured four victims and sexually assaulted another during the unprovoked attacks on October 1, 2021.

Earlier that day, he had sought help at a police station in West London after failing to secure immigration support. Originally from Afghanistan, he had been sleeping in local parks for several months and believed that he had been failed by the Home Office. Later that evening, he stole a hammer from a park and approached a woman outside Hamleys, before hitting her on her buttocks.

After she turned to confront him, he viciously struck her with a hammer and ran away, leaving her with heavy bleeding and a fractured skull. Whilst continuing down the popular tourist street, he hit his second victim to the face with the weapon, leaving her with a laceration above her eye. Ahmadi then entered the Leicester Arms pub in Piccadilly, slapped another woman on the buttocks, and ordered a pint of beer before sitting next to Richard Felton and Nikki Hill.

Within a few minutes, he had calmly procured the hammer from his bag and had violently struck Ms Hill to her head. He then hit her partner three times as he desperately tried to defend himself. After this, Ahmadi walked out of the pub where he was detained by members of the public. When he was arrested, he was “laughing” and told police officers that his intention had been to send his victims “to the cemetery”.

He also said: “Yes it was my intention to kill two people, I’m not joking it was my intention,” and was diagnosed with a social personality disorder. He pleaded guilty to all charges during a court appearance in February and on Friday (May 13), was handed an extended sentence of 18 years in prison.

Scott Linsell

Scott Linsell had sent threatening video messages to his former partner

Scott Linsell had sent threatening video messages to his former partner

The stalker from South London had sent his former partner Christmas cards and made a “variety of threats” against her and her friends, breaching a previous restraining order. Scott Linsell, 30, was jailed for two years for persistently trying to make contact with his ex-girlfriend, which included sending her videos of himself holding knives.

The couple had separated in January 2018 and Linsell was made the subject of a restraining order shortly afterwards. On December 14, 2021, she contacted the police to say that Linsell had repeatedly been contacting her friends through a fake Facebook account, and that she had received 40 voice messages which conveyed threats of violence.

He had committed multiple breaches of the order since the breakdown of their relationship, and had previously sent her videos of himself holding pills and suggested that he had turned up at her home address. On another occasion, he had threatened to “beat her to a pulp” after she gave birth and had made threats against her new partner.

The judge told Linsell, of Croydon, that he had a “long and pretty appalling history” of ignoring court orders and he was jailed for two years, with a restraining order to remain in place until further notice.

Momodu Samura

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Momodu Samura, 23, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years

A 23-year-old man who stabbed and killed his former friend was jailed for life last week. Momodu Samura, of Tottenham, had been speaking to Tyreke Watson, 21, outside a shop on February 22, 2021, when the conversation quickly escalated to a physical fight.

At some point, Samura had shown his unarmed friend an object in his pocket, which had prompted a struggle and then a chase. Eventually, Samura caught up with Tyreke and stabbed him in the chest with a flick-knife, before running back to his house to change his clothes.

Tyreke managed to stumble his way across to the block of flats where he lived and collapsed in the communal area. Emergency services were called but despite the best efforts of the London Ambulance Service, Tyreke, who was due to become a dad, was sadly pronounced dead. Despite Samura’s attempts to dodge the police, detectives found a large machete in his garden and notebooks containing rap lyrics that glorified the use of knives as weapons.

He was arrested and denied murder, claiming that he had acted in self-defence. Following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court, he was found guilty by the jury and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 23 years.

Gang sold drugs in sweets

Reo Mangal, 24, of Nazareth Gardens, Southwark

Reo Mangal was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment

Three gang members were jailed for selling cannabis-laced sweets through social media. Police officers were first alerted after they stopped Olivia Butler, 24, in Camden for driving without insurance and found several boxes of sweets and drinks containing THC.

Despite denying their contents, an analysis of her phone found that she and Reo Mangal, 24, and Ceroan Mangal, 35, had been using Snapchat and Instagram to sell them to customers. After an investigation and a raid on three addresses, the three pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court.

Butler was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs and being concerned in the supply of class B drugs. Reo Mangal, 24, of Nazareth Gardens, Southwark, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs, supply of class B drugs and being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

Phillip Gordon

A jealous ex-boyfriend was locked behind bars after he stabbed his former partner outside her home. Phillip Gordon, 62, had waited outside his victim’s home in Orpington before attacking her, after she refused his attempts to reconcile their relationship.

He had pushed her against the railings, held a knife against her throat and told her “If I can’t have you no one can” before stabbing her in the torso. She eventually persuaded him to take her to the hospital, where she was able to report him to the police. Gordon was arrested later that same day after he was found hiding at his daughter’s home.

After a trial at Woolwich Crown Court, he was found guilty by the jury and sentenced to two years and six months for the violent attack.

Minad Ghafoor

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Minad Ghafoor drove at 135mph on the M11

A man who drove at 135mph on the M11 in an attempt to evade the police has been jailed. Minad Ghafoor, of Enfield, was spotted by officers in a marked police car on November 29, 2021 after it was noticed that he was driving at an excessive speed.

The 18-year-old refused to stop and a pursuit was authorised, with Ghafoor continuing to drive towards Bishops Stortford where at one point, he drove the wrong way up a one-way street. Officers eventually ended the pursuit due to concerns about public safety but shortly afterwards, Ghafoor collided with a van and fled the scene on foot.

A police helicopter had tracked his movements and guided officers to the scene, where he was eventually arrested. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence, and driving without insurance during a court appearance in December. He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment last week for the dangerous and “selfish” attempt to evade the police.

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