Two men who robbed a group of rugby playing teenage boys at knifepoint in a park have been sentenced.
At Kingston Crown Court Karim Mansouri, 19, and Warsarme Farhaan, 20 – both from Feltham – were sentenced for their parts of in the robbery of five 17-year-olds in Tangley Park, Hampton on 11 August 2015.
A third man Sahal Farhann, 19, also from Feltham failed to attend court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
On 11 August 2015 police were called shortly before 10:50pm to Tangley Park following reports of a knifepoint robbery.
The victims – five friends- all stated they had just finished a rugby game and went to the park to socialise. At around 10:30pm the friends, saw three men enter the park through the entrance close to where they were sitting.
Sahal Farhann was the first to approach the group and stated that he had a knife, telling the group to get their phones out. The group complied but was immediately told by Mansouri to pick them back up after he recognised one member of the group.
Sahal Farhann and Warsame Farhann then noticed that one of the group was in possession of a bike and tried to take it. The victim refused to let go of the bike and as a result one of them held a knife to his side.
Sahal Farhaan then punched the victim in the face leading him to release the bike. They also decided to take his mobile phone and all three men ran from the park.
As Mansouri was recognised by one of the victims, officers were able to trace him and he was arrested along with Sahal Farhann and Warsame Farhann the following day (12 August 2015).
The men were positively identified by the victim. Mansouri was charged that day; Sahal Farhann and Warsame Farhann were both charged on 22 September 2015.
Detective Constable Paul Wright, from Richmond CID, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of our investigation and the punishment imposed. I would like to praise the victims for coming forward as their evidence helped convict these men.”
Karim Mansouri, aged 19 of Main Street, Feltham, was found guilty on 31 March of four attempted robberies at the same court and was sentenced to 21 months detention in a young offenders’ institution
Warsarme Farhaan, aged 20 of South Road, Feltham, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one robbery and four attempted robberies and was sentenced to 32 months detention in a young offenders’ institution.
The third man Sahal Farhann, aged 19, of South Road, Feltham, had pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted robbery at an earlier hearing but was also found guilty on 31 March of possessing a knife. However, he failed to attend court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.