Gloucester gang attack: Five jailed for 'brutal' attack

Clockwise from top left: Freeston Horsford, Mica McLeary, Ashley Walker, Lucresia Maguire and Yohance Pierre Clockwise from top left: Freeston Horsford, Mica McLeary, Ashley Walker, Lucresia Maguire and Yohance Pierre

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Five members of a Gloucester-based gang who attacked a man claimed he showed them disrespect have been jailed.

Malachi Headman-Cook was filmed on a mobile phone being beaten and kicked, with the footage used as a "warning" to others, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Freeston Horsford, 28, Yohance Pierre, 25, Mica McLeary, 19, Ashley Walker, 26 and Lucresia Maguire, 19 were jailed for false imprisonment.

Judge Jamie Tabor described their behaviour as "utterly cowardly".

Mr Headman-Cook was pictured holding a sign showing apparent allegiance to the gang Mr Headman-Cook was pictured holding a sign apparently written in his blood

The court heard the investigation started in May after a message showing a man "in distress" was sent to his ex-partner.

Mr Headman-Cook, said to be a member of a rival city gang, was pictured holding a sign apparently written in his own blood.

Gloucestershire Police said the incident, at a house on Oakhanger Lane in Kingsway, only ended when the victim managed to escape by climbing out of a window.

The three men and two women were convicted of falsely imprisoning Mr Headman-Cook.

  • Freeston Horsford, of Cophall Street in Tipton, West Midlands, was jailed for four years and nine months
  • Yohance Pierre, of Lanhill Road in London, received four years and nine months
  • Mica McCleary, of Spa Road in Gloucester, jailed for four years and six months
  • Ashley Walker, of Sissons Road in Gloucester, sentenced to three years and six months
  • Lucresia Maguire, of Oakhanger Lane in Kingsway, Gloucester, sentenced to two years and six months

Their victim was a member of a rival city gang, police said.

Det Sgt Rob Harding said Mr Headman-Cook had been targeted purely because he had been critical of the other gang.

"The fact the gang filmed the attack and distributed it to others shows how calculated it was and how detached from reality the people involved were," he added.

On sentencing, the judge said Mr Headman-Cook had been subjected to up to three hours of "brutality, humiliation that bordered on torture".

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