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Gang face jail over 150 robberies
Harry Bees (left),  Ishmail Cowell (centre) and Toyan Vassell
The gang stole thousands of pounds worth of property
A gang led by the men who murdered City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce has been found guilty of carrying out 150 robberies.

The Kensal Green Gang stabbed, punched and kicked their victims during eight months of robberies, including numerous attacks on London Underground trains.

Described as a "pack of animals", six of them will be sentenced at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court in March.

Donnel Carty, 19, and Delano Brown, 18, were jailed in December for stabbing Mr ap Rhys Pryce to death in January 2006.

Commuters were wounded in the neck, chest and legs and threatened with death while being robbed.

Gang members threatened one female victim with rape at gunpoint unless she surrendered her valuables.

Robbery guide

Jurors heard details of 32 assaults on London Underground trains, when items including iPods, mobile phones, watches and cash were stolen.

Aaron Dennis (left) and Sebastian Chidi
Dennis mapped out a robbery guide to Underground stations

Police said the gang was responsible for up to 70 attacks on the Underground, most of them in north-west London. Thousands of pounds worth of property was stolen.

The gang compiled a robbery guide to Underground stations, found in the bedroom of one of the members.

Stations were rated according to their police presence and the likelihood that victims would resist.

The Kensal Green Gang's attacks culminated in the murder of 31-year-old Mr ap Rhys Pryce at Kensal Green Tube station in north-west London.

He was stabbed repeatedly as Carty and Brown robbed him of his mobile phone, Oyster travel card and 20 in cash.

Carty and Brown were jailed for life for his killing at the Old Bailey in December 2006.

On Monday Toyan Vassell, 18, from Stanmore, Ishmail Cowell, 23, and Harry Bees, 17, both from Harrow, and Kariem Al-Ebadi, 18, from Willesden, were convicted of conspiracy to rob.

Vassell, Cowell and Bees were also found guilty of three charges of wounding with intent.

They will be sentenced on 19 March with two other gang members, who admitted conspiracy to rob and some of the individual attacks.

They were Aaron Dennis, 19, from Harrow, and Sebastian Chidi, 19, from Notting Hill.

Another defendant - Andre Lake, 22, from Kenton - was cleared of the conspiracy count after maintaining he was with the gang but played no part in the robberies.




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