A gang of robbers who attacked men across east London with a baseball bat during a vicious five day rampage have been jailed.
Yusuf Akram, 18, Usamah Aftab ,18, Hamzah Jawyd 17, Mohamed Ibrahim Ali ,18, and Thamid Zahman 17, carried out eight robberies across Newham and Tower Hamlets in March leaving their victims with horrific injuries.
Yesterday, they were jailed for more than 43 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court while a sixth man from Birmingham will appear at hearing in April to see if he is fit to stand trial.
The court heard the brutal attacks were targeted at lone men at night for personal belongings, often at low value.
In one incident, an Oyster card was snatched.
Each victim was struck in the back of the head with a baseball bat and repeatedly kicked and punched on the ground.
CCTV footage of one attack in Creighton Avenue, East Ham, shows how a 36-year-old man suffered skull and facial fractures as well as bleeding on the brain.
He remained in hospital for four weeks and remains unwell as a result.
It was one of two robberies that night after another man was knocked unconsciousness less than an hour later.
The victim’s mobile phone, cash card, a quantity of cash and Oyster Card were stolen in the robbery.
He was treated in hospital for skull and neck fractures.
The group was caught through CCTV and DNA when their clothing was matched with victims’ blood.
The first arrest was made on the day after the eighth attack and led to the identity of the remaining five culprits.
Akram, 18, of Sewell Street, Plaistow, was sentenced to eight years in prison and was fined £1,000 for possessing an offensive weapon at the time of his arrest.
Aftab ,18, of Lucas Avenue, Plaistow, was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.
Jawyd 17, was jailed for eight years and Ali ,18, of Whyteville House, Forest Gate was sentenced to nine years in prison.
While Zahman 17, was sentenced to eight years and six months’ imprisonment.
Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said he believed the group would have killed had the attacks continued.
He said: “These were serious acts of violence and a clear example of a gang going on the rampage.
“I honestly believe they would have continued and eventually killed someone if they had not been apprehended.
“One victim pretended to be dead in a desperate attempt to get the gang to cease their unrelenting attack.”
“The gang were calculated and brutal in their planning, using a car to drop off members of the group to inflict terrifyingly violent robberies before moving on to a new patch.
“I would like to praise the bravery of the witnesses who came forward and helped investigators piece together the actions and movements of these disgracefully dangerous individuals.
“Such was the level of violence that the Judge in this case deferred sentencing to a later date to allow him time to consider the sentence term.
“The custodial sentences handed down today have removed five very dangerous individuals from society.”