On Monday 14 June at Kingston Crown Court 20-year old Perrie Reese-Mason Ogodo and 23-year old Israel Ankers both from Wandsworth were sentenced to lengthy terms of imprisonment.
Ogodo was deemed a danger to the public and received an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) to serve a minimum of 6 years.
Ankers was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.
They were both found guilty at Kingston Crown Court on 7 May of possession of a firearm, a Mach 10 machine pistol, together with ammunition with intent to endanger life.
A 16 year old youth from Lambeth was also found guilty on that day of possessing a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition. He was sentenced on the 28 May to a two-year detention and training order.
On Wednesday the 30 September 2009 at about 16:30hrs, the 16-year old boy was seen coming out of his address in a block of flats and collect a rucksack from under a duvet, which was located on the landing.
The boy then went to garages in Winchester Close, Lambeth where the sound of a gun being cocked was heard.
At about 19:00hrs later that day, detectives saw the boy approach a parked car in Opal Street, Kennington containing Ogodo and Ankers. The boy gave them the rucksack and the car drove off.
Armed police officers followed the car and tried to stop it in Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea. In an attempt to escape Ogodo mounted the pavement and was in collision with a lamppost. Both Ogodo and Ankers managed to flee from the scene but officers arrested Ankers a short time later in nearby Lurline Road.
A search of the car revealed that the rucksack contained a MAC10 machine pistol, capable of a fire rate of a thousand rounds a minute and a magazine containing 17 rounds of ammunition.
The 16-year old boy was arrested at his home address later that evening.
Trident detectives immediately circulated Ogodo’s details and on October 1 2009, UK Border enforcement agents notified the MPS that Ogodo had boarded a flight at Heathrow airport. The flight was halted and recalled back to the terminal it taxied its way out to the runway awaiting clearance to take off. Armed officers boarded and arrested Ogodo.
Detective Inspector Angela Phillips from Trident said:
"These convictions are as a result of diligent detective work and I am pleased that these obviously dangerous individuals have been removed from the streets of London."