Four further Trollstation members sentenced to prison terms

16/05/2016

A further four members of a group who carried out a fake robbery at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and fake kidnapping at the Tate Britain on July 5th 2015 have been sentenced today (May 16th) at City of London Magistrates’ Court to prison terms.

Daniel Jarvis, 27, Helder Gomes, 23, Endrit Ferizolli, 20, and Ebenezer Mensah, 29, all pleaded guilty to two counts of using threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence for their involvement in the two hoaxes.

A further member, Danh Van Le, had previously pleaded guilty to the same charge for his involvement in the fake robbery and was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, and also to 24 weeks for a bomb hoax in separate incident.

Following the sentencing today, Robert Short, CPS London Senior Crown Prosecutor and reviewing lawyer, said: "While the motivation for their activities in the Tate Britain and National Portrait Gallery on July 5th last year is unclear, what is clear is that they caused a huge amount of disruption at central London landmarks and diverted emergency services away from their real and valuable work.

"The hoaxes may have seemed harmless to them, but they caused genuine distress to a number of members of the public, who should be able to go about their daily business without being put in fear in this way. We hope these convictions send a strong message that unlawful activities such as these will not be tolerated in London."

Sentences (to run concurrently):

  • Jarvis - (National Portrait Gallery (NPG)) 20 weeks / (Tate) 8 weeks
  • Ferizolli - (NPG) 16 weeks Young Offenders' Institution / (Tate) 8 weeks
  • Mensah - (NPG) 18 weeks / (Tate) 8 weeks
  • Gomes - (NPG) 18 weeks / (Tate) 8 weeks.