Christmas in jail for city disorder youths

Super Intentent Nikki Russ issues statement on convictions over MK riots
Super Intentent Nikki Russ issues statement on convictions over MK riots

A DOZEN people involved in the disorder in Bletchley on August 9 will be spending Christmas in jail.

The youths appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday for their part in the violence which saw a group of up to 40 people damage cars and buildings and steal from shops and restaurants. Their combined sentences totalled more than 18 years.

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institute earlier this year with Jake Ashby, 19, and a 14-year-old boy pleading not guilty to violent disorder.

A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty to violent disorder and will be sentenced at a later date. One other 17-year-old has also been charged with violent disorder.

Mahad Abdi, aged 22, of The Hide, Netherfield, received 36 months’ jail, Nigel Baiden, 18, of Wakefield Close, Neath Hill, received 32 months, Nicholas Balibuno, 18, of Diddington Close, Bletchley, was sentenced to 16 months with Resal Bray, 18, of The Boundary, Oldbrook, sentenced to eight-months’ prison.

Aaron Cunningham, 19, of Westminster Drive, Bletchley, received 26 months, Charlie Fisher, 18, of Ramsons Avenue, Conniburrow, received 20 months, Jack Gore 18, of Towan Avenue, Fishermead, was sentenced to 14 months and Spencer Layne, 23, of Faringdon Street, Monkston Park, received 26 months.

Pius Ofori, 18, of Porthleven Place, Fishermead, got 14 months and Tafazwa Sibanda, 20, of St Giles Close, New Bradwell, 15 months with A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy receiving 12 months and six months in a young offenders’ institute respectively. A 15-year-old boy also received a youth rehabilitation order.

Superintendent Nikki Ross said: “These individuals acted as though they were above the law on the night of August 9 this year. I am pleased to be able to say that they have now felt the full weight of the law as a result of their actions.

“Their behaviour intimidated law-abiding members of the public and the differing lengths of sentence they have received reflects aggravating factors, such as violence, robbery, theft and criminal damage.

“I would like to join with the judge, who praised the actions of a member of the public who took photos of the rioters as they damaged her car and I also want to mention the efforts of my officers who have spent hours looking through CCTV in order to identify those responsible for the disorder.”