Men involved in mass brawl sentenced


Dennis Odunwo and Claude Gumbs appeared before His Honour Judge William Hart yesterday (Thursday 9th November) for sentencing following a mass brawl outside a Clifton Nightclub in March this year.

Violence erupted between two gangs outside the premises, involving more than 100 people who had attended a White Lies event in which those attending are asked to wear mainly white clothes.

Police and ambulance services who attended the scene, which was described as being like something out of a western movie, had to retreat to an ambulance through fear of attack.

On sentencing them today, His Honour Judge Hart said: "You were all involved in a large public disorder. The evidence portrays frightening street violence, involving a large number of people, many of whom were clearly bent on indiscriminate brutality."

Odunwo was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment which included full credit for plea. Claude Gumbs was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with full credit for plea suspended for 12 months with a requirement he complete 120 hours unpaid work.

CPS South West Crown Advocate James Ward said: "Seasoned and experienced paramedics were forced to abandon innocent members of the public lying in the road seriously injured out of fear for their personal safety having been hit with weapons thrown in the disorder involving up to 200 people.  This demonstrates the nature and extent of the wholly unacceptable and terrifying deliberate violence in which they found themselves deliberately started by urban street gangs who had "beef" with each other. In order to reduce crime and protect the public from such behaviour, the Crown Prosecution Service will robustly prosecute those involved where there is sufficient evidence to do so."

The sentencing of Ibrahim Giwa and Junior Musey was adjourned until Thursday 16th November.


  •  James Ward OBE is a Crown Advocate with CPS South West