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Queen’s Park gangster jailed for brandishing fake gun during armed brawl in Maida Vale

PUBLISHED: 17:02 05 August 2020 | UPDATED: 12:03 06 August 2020

Meckeal Pond. Picture; Met Police

Meckeal Pond. Picture; Met Police

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A Queen’s Park thug has been jailed for brandishing a fake gun during an organised gang fight in Maida Vale.

The six men sentenced for their part in a mass brawl in Maida Vale in January 2019. Picture: Met PoliceThe six men sentenced for their part in a mass brawl in Maida Vale in January 2019. Picture: Met Police

A large brawl involving 20 people armed with weapons broke out in Great Western Road and Harrow Road on January 2, 2019.

When police arrived all the suspects fled in different directions, but Scotland Yard said that officers reviewing CCTV footage knew that at least seven knives, machetes and one firearm were brandished in the fight.

On August 5, Meckeal Pond, 30, of Bravington Road, was sentenced to two years and 11 months’ imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing at the same court on January 13.

In a Newton hearing which ended on August 4, the judge concluded that Pond had the intention to imitate a firearm with an item in his possession during the violent disorder, Scotland Yard said.

He will also return to Isleworth Crown Court for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) hearing on September 16.

Six men and a teenager who also took part in the fight were sentenced on March 18 and March 20.

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They received a combined total of 17 years and 10 months’ imprisonment after they were sentenced at the same court.

Among them was Queen’s Park gangster Youssef Eldrissi, 28, of Ilbert Street, who was also jailed for two years and 11 months.

He pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing.

The others were Damani Salmon-Charles, 24, of Foscote Mews and Osamah Elbadawi, 19, of Nutbourne Street, both convicted of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Notting Hill pair Jordan Bedeau, 18, of Colville Square; Rhys Herbert, 18, of Lonsdale Road; and Brandon Wyse, 21, of Bensham Lane, Croydon were also convicted and sentenced.

A 17-year-old, who legally cannot be named, was given a CBO and detained in a young offenders’ institute for 10 months.

Det Con Russell Bryan said: “Pond had absolutely no cares in the world for the innocent pedestrians who he terrified by brandishing this imitation firearm in public.

“This jail sentence reflects the serious nature of Pond’s crimes.

“A dangerous man has been taken off the streets of London as a result of thorough policing and the support of the public.”


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