Locked up in Oc­to­ber


Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

MUR­DER, ha­rass­ment, drug deal­ing and fraud – these are some of the de­spi­ca­ble crimes com­mit­ted by those jailed in west Lon­don in Oc­to­ber.

One man sought to ben­e­fit from the tragic Gren­fell Tower fire which killed more than 70 peo­ple while an­other was put be­hind bars af­ter spend­ing years ha­rass­ing and threat­en­ing a woman.

A po­lice raid re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of one kilo­gram of co­caine worth £94,000 and tens of thou­sands of pounds more in cash plus a home­less man was con­victed for his in­volve­ment of a mur­der, eight years the body was found.

We’ve rounded up the most shock­ing crimes and the jail sen­tences handed out by judges this month.


Sir­taj Bhan­gal of Wrays­bury Close, in Houn­slow, waged a “ter­ri­fy­ing” cam­paign of ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion against a woman, send­ing a dis­turb­ing 80-page let­ter threat­en­ing vi­o­lence against her and her fam­ily.

The 35-year-old was sen­tenced to six years be­hind bars on Oc­to­ber 26 for his hor­ri­fy­ing treat­ment of the vic­tim which spanned across three years.

The court heard that Bhan­gal first con­tacted the woman on so­cial me­dia in 2013, de­spite the fact they had never met be­fore, and con­tin­ued to send abu­sive mes­sages for the next three years.

The vic­tim re­ported him to po­lice and he was ar­rested, how­ever on July 3 this year, the day af­ter Bhan­gal’s trial was due to start, the vic­tim found a dis­turb­ing let­ter at her home, threat­en­ing to use ex­treme vi­o­lence against her and her fam­ily.

Af­ter this was found po­lice searched Bhan­gal’s home and found im­i­ta­tion firearms, im­i­ta­tion grenades, Samu­rai swords and pack­ag­ing from acidic sub­stances were re­cov­ered.

Drugs stab­bing

24-year-old Has­san Mo­hamed was sen­tenced to 48 years be­hind bars for mur­der­ing drug dealer, 48-year-old Bal­bir Jo­hal from Slough.

Mo­hamed of Clarence Road, Southall, was found guilty of stab­bing the vic­tim to death while Yaasiin Yus­suf, 21, of no fixed abode, was given 14 years im­pris­on­ment and an ad­di­tional three years on li­cense on re­lease for man­slaugh­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Mr Jo­hal took him­self to hospi­tal for treat­ment on March 19 and later passed away. A mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched shortly af­ter and CCTV footage cap­tured the in­ci­dent in which Mo­hamed and Yus­suf were seen to pull up in a car along­side the vic­tim.

One of the men then re­turned to the ve­hi­cle to re­trieve a knife be­fore chas­ing Mr Jo­hal and fa­tally stab­bing him.

The pair were sen­tenced at the Old Bai­ley on Oc­to­ber 23.

Co­caine and weapons stash

Michael Thomas of Ry­land Close, Feltham was jailed af­ter of­fi­cers found one kilo­gram of co­caine worth £94,000 dur­ing a raid of his home.

The 31-year-old will spend the next 10 years be­hind bars for possess­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty, am­mu­ni­tion whilst pro­hib­ited and possess­ing with in­tent to sup­ply the huge amount of class A drugs, which had an av­er­age pu­rity of 90%.

Shot­gun shells, a stab vest, mask and £85,000 in cash were also dis­cov­ered dur­ing the raid in Jan­uary this year.

Thomas’ part­ner, He­len Brook­shaw, was also jailed for 12 months for per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice af­ter at­tempt­ing to dis­card the drugs and am­mu­ni­tion.

Brook­shaw was given 12 months for per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and her Range Rover used to sell the drugs was also seized.

Gren­fell fraud

Koffi Kouakou, 53, is the lat­est fraud­ster to be jailed for tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sup­port pro­vided to sur­vivors of the Gren­fell Tower fire.

He claimed his part­ner died in the tragedy which killed more than 70 peo­ple so he could be homed at the cost of more than £30,000.

Kouakou of West­field Close, Co­leridge Gar­dens in Chelsea was ar­rested on June 7 and pleaded guilty to fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Isle­worth Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 17 and was sen­tenced the next day.

He will spend the next four years be­hind bars.

Drug dealer Michael Thomas was sen­tenced to 10 years in jail

The mo­tive for Sir­taj Bhan­gal’s in­tim­i­da­tion re­mains un­clear, mak­ing it even more ter­ri­fy­ing – he has been sen­tenced to six years in prison

Fraud­ster was Koffi Kouakou jailed for four years

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