September 08, 2019
Identical triplets jailed for conspiracy to supply guns (Picture: SWNS, PA)
By Chris Caulfield | Metro UK
Three brothers have been jailed for a combined 46 years for conspiring to supply a rapper with an ‘extraordinarily serious’ Uzi submachine gun and a loaded pistol.
Reiss, Ralston and Ricky Gabriel tried to evade detection by relying on their shared DNA and appearance but were tracked down with mobile phone and surveillance evidence.
The 28 year olds from Edmonton, north London, were found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life in July.
The guns were intended for a convicted criminal who had been out on licence, having been released from an 11 year prison sentence for indiscriminately shooting into a crowded street near Wood Green tube station in 2010.
An innocent passer-by was hit in the leg when Aron Thomas, 32, a rapper who performed under the name Vipex, let off eight shots with a 9mm handgun.
Ricky and Ralston, both semi-professional footballers, were each jailed for 14 years at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, September 6.
Reiss, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after he was caught with a handgun on July 26 last year, and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He was jailed for a total of 18 years.
DNA found on the handgun was linked to all three but it was impossible for police to prove which brother it belonged to.
Scotland Yard’s investigation was able to determine each had been involved in handling the weapons, the court heard.
The triplets, each wearing grey Nike tracksuits, smirked during sentencing and grinned to friends and family in the public gallery as they were led to the cells.
Sentencing the brothers, Judge John Hillen said: ‘All three of you were involved in an agreement to source and deliver the weapons to an extremely dangerous criminal, Aron Thomas, for his use.
‘Each one of you was involved in the transaction to supply Aron Thomas with weapons and ammunition.
‘One or more of you clearly had access to organised criminals, or organised groups of criminals, capable of obtaining firearms and ammunition for onward transfer.’
The judge added: ‘These types of weapons would have been used against a person or persons, and a police intervention is the only reason any serious harm did not occur.’
Armed police found an Uzi with a silencer and ammunition as well as a loaded pistol on courier Hamza Ahmed, 21, after stopping a taxi in Tottenham, north London, on April 10, 2017.
Prosecutor Kerry Broome said: ‘An Uzi submachine gun is clearly an extraordinarily serious firearm. It is not capable of any lawful use. It has the capability to cause maximum indiscriminate harm.
‘The pistol was loaded. They were both ready for immediate use.
‘The weapons were not used, but the reason for that was because the police managed to stop the onward transfer.’
The court heard how the firearms were intended for Thomas, 32, who had been caught with another loaded revolver and ammunition when he was held on April 26 2017.
Thomas, from Holloway, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years last year after he was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life over the guns found on April 10 and 27 2017.
Ahmed, from Archway, north London, was jailed for 16 years for one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the first incident.
Middleman Elyace Hamchaoui, 23, from Arnos Grove, north London, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the same charge.
Joshua Miller, 27, of no fixed address, was jailed for 17 years for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the second incident.
Scotland Yard temporary Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane said: ‘The trio tried to exploit their identical DNA and appearance to try to evade the consequences of their actions, but the hard work of the investigation team prevented their attempts.
‘Through their actions in this case, these men have thrown away promising careers and futures.’
Published: Friday 6 Sep 2019