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Beckenham teenager jailed over part in Catford gang fight

PUBLISHED: 10:38 02 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:38 02 December 2013

Omar Suliman was jailed for 11 and a half years at Croydon Crown Court.

Omar Suliman was jailed for 11 and a half years at Croydon Crown Court.

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A Beckenham teenager has been jailed for 11 and a half years after three men were stabbed and shot during a gang fight in Catford last year.

Omar Suliman, 19, of Worsley Bridge Road, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and violent disorder at an earlier hearing.

Police were called to Beckenham Hill Road at around 5pm on August 21, 2012 following reports of a fight in the area.

Three men were found at the scene, two suffering from knife injuries and one with gunshot wounds. All three have since recovered.

A firearm and numerous knives were found at the scene, leading to the arrest of 10 males in connection with the incident.

A total of six were charged in May, including a 17-year-old, from Bromley, who was handed a six-month youth detention and training order sentence at Croydon Crown Court on Friday.

18-year-old Anuar Niyangabo, 18, of Inchmery Road, Catford, was jailed for 13 years after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and violent disorder.

Det Sgt Simon Mitchell, of Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “The robust policing response to this large scale violent incident meant that police were able to immediately make several arrests.

“This incident occurred at a busy time of day between a number of juveniles intent on causing harm to each other.

“Thankfully all three victims have made a full recovery, however, we hope today’s sentencing sends a clear message that Trident will always act upon information given to us about those involved in this type of criminal activity, and will hold to account those who choose to carry weapons and who are involved in gang violence.”

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