FIVE men have been convicted after a violent fight in broad daylight in West Drayton involving knives and bats.
The men were convicted and sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on October 26 after the incident in Broadway Parade, Station Road at the junction with Cherry Orchard. Shoppers on the busy street were forced to hide as Rashaun Williams, Kasey Hoyle, Tyson Kasongo, Daniel Offei-Ntow and Coucou Kasongo fought in the street shortly after school finishing time on May 10. Police were called to the scene at 4.08pm but only found blood on the floor with no sign of any victims or suspects.
However, a short while later three men presented themselves to Hillingdon Hospital suffering from stab injuries. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
Tyson Kasongo, 26, of Drayton Gardens, West Drayton was found guilty by a jury and was handed sentences of two and a half years in prison for violent disorder and a six month sentence for possession of an offensive weapon, to run concurrently.
Daniel Offei-Ntow, 21, of Clydesdale Road, Notting Hill was convicted of the same offences and given the same sentence but with sentences to run consecutively.
Coucou Kasongo, 23, of Keith Road, Hayes pleaded guilty to assault on police and also a separate drug-related matter. He will be sentenced for both crimes at Isleworth Crown Court on November 15. Rashaun Williams, 18, of Darfield Way, North Kensington, was found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to two years in prison. Kasey Hoyle, 20, of Clifford Road, Ruislip, was acquitted of violent disorder but pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for the drug-dealing offences and six months for the weapon charges, with both terms to run consecutively.
Detective Constable Reda Imane, the investigating officer from Hillingdon CID, said: “Police are working hard to fight knife crime in Hillingdon to ensure that local communities can live work and raise their families in safety.
“These defendants were responsible for an episode of violent disorder involving knives and bats.
“The fight happed in broad daylight on a heavy footfall street just outside of school hours.
“Many innocent bystanders were so fearful that they locked themselves inside shops in order to stay safe. This is unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and the sentences handed down reflect that.
“I am grateful to all members of the public who provided footage of the incident, also our borough partners whose expertise greatly assisted me with the identification of these violent individuals.”
Two other men were charged with violent disorder in relation to the fight but Farrakhan Duah, 22, of Uxbridge, was acquitted and the case against Terrell Byer, 19, was dismissed in July.