Search

Upton Park gang robber’s jail time cut by Appeal Court over fresh mitigation

12:37 30 November 2012

A gang member jailed for his part in a series of raids on mobile phone shops has won a cut in his sentence because of fresh information which has come to light.

Alexander Okafor has had 12 months knocked off his six-year term and will only serve half before qualifying for automatic release, the Appeal Court has ruled.

The 24-year-old from Upton Park in east London admitted robbery, burglary and handling stolen goods when he appeared in the dock last year.

He was one of eight men sentenced at Kingston Upon Thames Crown Court for raids in 2010 at stores across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

But the Appeal Court has reduced his sentence to five years on the basis that “significant information on personal mitigation” had now been presented which had not been available to the crown court judge.

Appeal judge Mr Justice Irwin said the information had “a significant impact of the understanding of Okafor’s position”—but did not elaborate. Okafor now serves half his reduced sentence and will be released after two-and-a-half years.

Latest News Stories

15:36
Prime Minister David Cameron is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman (right) on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10, at the Sky Studios in Osterley, west London.

The Prime Minister and Labour leader were interviewed individually in the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10.

David Cameron
14:59
Community paediatrician Dr Tan (front, centre) has retired, 23 years after joining the NHS.

A well-loved paediatrician has retired after 20 years of serving families in Newham.

Glasgow
14:42
Ed Miliband kicks off his election campaign in Stratford

Ed Miliband has officially kicked off his election campaign with a visit to Stratford this morning.

Labour Party
Muhon Choudhury was stabbed in his Plaistow shop.

A shop owner who was stabbed as he was opening up at 5am has been walking with a stick since and is terrified to go back to work.

Most read news

The fire was apparently started by a gas explosion and left 19 people injured, four critically. Two people remain unaccounted for.

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke about food choices when she met the niece of Stephen Lawrence.

The captain stunned his passengers with a heartfelt message on a flight that took off just hours after the doomed Germanwings plane.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder