Six found guilty of Nottingham police station attack

30/05/2012

Six people have today been found guilty for their part in the most serious incident in last August's disturbances – the attack on Canning Circus police station. Ten people had previously pleaded guilty to their part in the night's events, in a case described by Chief Crown Prosecutor Judith Walker as 'complex and challenging'.

On 9 August last year, Canning Circus Police Station was attacked by a large group of people, against a backdrop of disturbances in Nottingham and elsewhere in the country. Firebombs were thrown at the police station and passing vehicles and cars in the area were vandalised.

A number of arrests were made, and the CPS was quickly working with Nottinghamshire Police to provide charging advice and begin the process of bringing those responsible to justice. Working closely together, CPS East Midlands and Nottinghamshire Police pieced together the evidence to build a case against 18 individuals who were prosecuted for a variety of offences, including riot, having an explosive substance with intent, arson, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.

Of these 18, ten pleaded guilty. Following preliminary legal argument, the case against one defendant was dismissed by the court. A further seven went on to trial at Nottingham Crown Court. One defendant was acquitted by the jury.

Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "Prosecuting this case was complex and challenging, and it is a tremendous credit to the Crown Prosecution Service legal team and the police investigating officers, that these offenders have been convicted.

"This case presented particular challenges. There was clear video footage and evidence from eye witnesses of violent and frightening behaviour and of firebombs being thrown. However, when the defendants were arrested, the evidence against them, for the most part, was their presence at the scene. When interviewed most made no comment or claimed they were simply passing through and not a party to any disorder.

"Our task was to piece together the evidence that would prove to a jury that each individual charged had been involved in the criminality which took place that night.

"The process of proving involvement required meticulous attention from the prosecuting lawyers and the police. Forensic evidence helped link suspects to the disorder and Blackberry messages and social media helped establish that this was a planned, pre-meditated attack.

"As the picture unfolded, prosecutors were able to show that the evidence against each Defendant was compelling, and indeed ten pleaded guilty at the outset of the trial. This and todays convictions are the result of outstanding teamwork between prosecutors, police and prosecuting Counsel to bring all this evidence together.

"These convictions send a clear message to the community of Nottingham that this kind of criminality will not be tolerated. No matter how difficult a case may seem, the police and the CPS are determined to work together to bring these offenders to justice."

Defendants who pleaded guilty before the trial were:

  • Curtis Dejean: Having an explosive substance with intent, riot, arson being reckless as to life was endangered
  •  Reiss Wilson: Riot, perverting the course of justice, arson being reckless as to life was endangered
  •  Harrison McCalla: Riot
  •  Antany Edwards: Riot
  •  Ashton Alexander: Riot
  •  Lucas Stapleton: Riot
  •  Ricardo Cotteral: Violent disorder
  •  Bobby Muers: Violent disorder
  •  Two others who cannot be named because of their age pleaded guilty to violent disorder

Convicted today by the jury were:

  • Lance Francis: Riot, arson, perverting the course of justice
  •  Callum Powell: Riot
  •  Shaudre Robinson: Riot
  •  Gregory Coleman: Riot
  •  Two youths who cannot be named because of their age were also convicted of riot

Roxwell Yeboah was acquitted by the jury.