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Five jailed for 'brutal, sustained' assault on off duty officer

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Men targeted officer and stole his warrant card, watch and other valuables.


Top left to bottom right: Rodney Abrokwa, Daniel Agyeman, Iraawoosan Alba, Christian Bangisa, Shariff Fussaini
Top left to bottom right: Rodney Abrokwa, Daniel Agyeman, Iraawoosan Alba, Christian Bangisa, Shariff Fussaini

Date - 14th April 2021
By - Gary Mason

Five men have been sentenced to between four and six years for a serious assault on an off duty Met officer and robbery of his warrant card, watch, bank cards and driving licence.

During the sustained assault on the victim other people who tried to intervene were also punched and knocked unconscious by the five attackers  - Rodney Abrokwa, Daniel Agyeman, Iraawoosan Alba, Christian Bangisa and Shariff Fussaini.

The victim had been at a bar in Rayners Lane, Harrow on 17 November 2019, He had become aware of two men watching him earlier on in the evening but chose not to act upon it.

As he left the bar a man came up from behind him and looped his arms around his neck, pulling him backwards and on to the pavement. 

A group of approximately 12 people then rushed around the victim and began a frantic attack, smashing a glass bottle on the victim’s arm in the process. During the rush, an individual snatched a chain from around the victim’s neck whilst another man punched him repeatedly until he handed over his watch.

A friend of the victim tried to intervene and help him, but was immediately punched in the face and suffered significant injuries including a broken nose and a fractured jaw.

Another individual, not known to either the victims or attackers, approached the group and was punched and knocked unconscious, falling into the road. The jury at Harrow Crown Court was shown harrowing CCTV footage of the incident, which shows Agyeman pulling at the unconscious man’s pockets, apparently looking to steal any possessions on his person.

As a fourth male attempted to make his way through the crowd. the group turned their attention to him, pulling at his neck and throwing punches at him. The man managed to escape without suffering any injuries.

As the suspects left the scene, the off duty officer realised his warrant card had been stolen. Along with this, the attackers had stolen his bank cards, driving licence and Oyster card. He immediately ran to a police station and reported the incident. He suffered injuries including bruising to his ribs, back and shoulders, which had to be treated at hospital.

Officers poured over hours of CCTV and gleaned enough information to identify five of the individuals involved. Further work placed vehicles belonging to Bangisa, Agyeman and Abrokwa at the scene, as well as mobile phone cell data showing they were in the area at the time of the incident. This evidence proved to be invaluable at trial.

On 26 February 2020 warrants were carried out at four addresses under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. All four were successful and saw the arrest of Abrokwa, Bangisa, Agyeman and Alba. Upon searching the addresses, police found clothing matching the outfits the men were seen wearing in CCTV.

Fussaini was arrested the following day on 27 February at an address in Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex.

In a statement provided following the incident, the off-duty officer wrote that he continued to be vigilant around his personal security. He said he was constantly looking over his shoulder, continued to feel pain from where he had been assaulted and lives in fear of suffering a similar attack.

The men were convicted of violent disorder and robbery at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday, 3 February.

On Friday, 9 April they were sentenced at the same court as follows:

 Rodney Abrokwa, 31, of Great Cambridge Road, Enfield was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment;

Christian Bangisa, 29, of Fair Street, Southwark was sentenced to four years and one month’s imprisonment;

 Daniel Agyeman, 30, of Sandfield Place, Croydon was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment;

 Iraawoosan Alba, 31, of Fuller Road, Dagenham was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment;

Shariff Fussaini, 29, of London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

All five had pleaded guilty to violent disorder. Abrokwa and Bangisa also pleaded guilty to robbery. The trial found the other three guilty of robbery.

Detective Inspector Gavin Collins from the Met’s Operation Venice team, who led the investigation, said: “The CCTV shows these men committing a chaotic, brutal and sustained attack on the victim and others who were present on the night. It is clear that these individuals wanted nothing more than to steal valuable possessions from the victim. The attackers acted purely on their desire to steal a valuable watch, and yet the incident resulted in many individuals being physically harmed, and many more onlookers having to witness a truly disturbing incident.

“The Met takes violence against victims and its officers extremely seriously. The group became aware that the victim was a police officer when they found his warrant card. They subsequently continued to rain blows down on the victim and committed further violence against others in the area, demonstrating their arrogance and total disregard for the fact that they were assaulting an emergency worker.”

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Oh my. Violence. Robbery. 


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Zulu 22

If you pointed out the obvious you would have people accusing you of all types of things.  I was amazed at the, relatively low level of charge, other than the obvious Robbery one.  All five were very lucky in receiving comparatively low sentences.

I hope that the victims manage to get their lives back on track.

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