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Birmingham gun gang sentences increased by Appeal Court

Nosakhere Stephenson Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Nosakhere Stephenson was described by West Midlands Police as the mastermind of the operation

Sixteen members of a Birmingham gun gang have had their sentences increased at the Court of Appeal.

The group pleaded guilty or were convicted of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons at Birmingham Crown Court in November and January.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland referred their case on the basis that the prison terms were unduly lenient.

The men sold antique firearms and specially-made bullets to criminals, West Midlands Police said.

Mr Buckland said: "These were professional criminals running a sophisticated operation which involved a high degree of planning.

"The offences had a terrible impact on those who were caught up in violence further down the line."

The bullet type supplied by the gang was the same used in a fatal shooting in the city last year, the court heard.

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, who considered the case, said: "There can be only one purpose of acquiring a gun and ammunition - to kill or injure - and those supplying guns plainly knew this."

Eight guns, including a pump action shotgun and a Mac 10 Machine pistol and ammunition, were recovered by police in a sting operation in 2014.

The sentence passed on the gang leader, Nosakhere Stephenson, was increased from 16 and a half years to 22 years and on chief armourer Sundish Nazran from 13 years to 17 years and three months.


Sentences increased

  • Nosakhere Stephenson, 41, of St Michael's Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, had a sentence of 16 and a half years increased to 22 years.
  • Sundish Nazran, 32, of Nijon Close, Handsworth, Birmingham, had a sentence of 13 years increased to to 17 years and three months.
  • Louis McDermott, 36, of no fixed address, had his sentence of nine years and four months increased to 12 years and eight months.
  • Theodore Wiggan, 28, of Scaffle Way, West Bromwich, had a sentence of 10 years increased to 13 years and four months.
  • Rowan Gul, 33, of Reginald Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, had a 12 years and three months sentence increased to 16 years and nine months.
  • Fitzroy Ducram, 50, of no fixed address, had a sentence increased from seven years and four months to 10 years and eight months.
  • Mohammed Miah, 24, of no fixed address, had his total sentence - which included drug offences - increased from 13 years to 17 years and five months.
  • Amar Ghalib, 32, of Davey Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, had a sentence of four years and 11 months increased to seven years and two months.
  • Joynal Abdin, 26, of Hanover Close, Aston, Birmingham had a sentence of seven years and three months increased to 12 years.
  • Ifran Hussain, 25, of Underwood Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, whose conviction included drug offences, had an increased sentence from 10 years and 10 months to 13 years and 10 months.
  • Usman Hussain, 31, of Brays Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, had a five-year term increased to eight years.
  • Mohammed Fedar, 27, of Westfield Road, Smethwick, had a sentence of four years and four months increased to six years and eight months.
  • Janed Mohammed, 21, of Dibble Road, Smethwick, had a sentence of four years and six months increased to five years and five months.
  • Clinton Officer, 32, of no fixed abode, had a sentence of 11 years increased to 14 years.
  • Jamal Smith, of no fixed abode, had a term of six and a half years increased to eight years.
  • Darren Mentore, 35, of no fixed address, had a sentence of 12 years increased to 14 years.

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