Two brothers who carried out a violent robbery spree, which resulted in an unarmed police officer having a firearm pointed at him, have been jailed for a total of 21 years, on Friday, 15 March.
Craig Clarke, 21, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, two counts of robbery, possession of a bladed article, possession of a prohibited firearm and GBH. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court in England.
His brother, Jordon Kagbo-Clarke, 25, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, two counts of robbery, possession of a bladed article, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a firearm with intent to resist arrest. He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment at the same court.
On 31 August 2018 Clarke and Kagbo-Clarke were in the Lisson Grove area of north-west London looking for victims to rob. Clarke was armed with a knife and Kagbo-Clarke had a converted firearm.
At about 00:25hrs, the brothers approached a 29-year-old man in Hamilton Terrace, NW8, grabbing hold of the victim and showing him the firearm. This victim, in the belief that he was about to be robbed, managed to wrestle himself free and escaped. The victim was later able to identify Clarke in an ID parade.
The final part of this robbery was witnessed by officers on patrol, who saw a knife and exited their vehicle to give chase. The brothers – aware of the police presence – ran from the scene and as the officers closed in, Kagbo-Clarke pointed the weapon towards one of them. This did not deter the officers, who were unarmed but continued the foot chase. They witnessed Clarke discard the knife on a nearby roof, from which it was later retrieved.
Clarke was apprehended a short time later by officers and arrested. Kagbo-Clarke continued to try to evade police but in doing so ran into the path of a police vehicle and was detained. He was found in possession of the firearm and stolen property and was arrested.
The two defendants initially denied the offences but as the investigation progressed and the weight of the evidence was presented, guilty pleas were entered.