June 19 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A teenager who threw bricks at police during last year’s riots has been jailed for eight years.
Alexander Elliott-Joahill, 19, from Baring Road, Lee was sentenced by a judge at Blackfriar’s Crown Court today.
Wearing a skeleton mask, Elliot-Joahill ran amok in Lewisham on August 8 last year, robbing a chicken shop, an antique shop and throwing bricks and a fire extinguisher at police.
A female officer suffered cuts to her face after a brick thrown by the rioter hit her in the face as she sat in a stationary police car.
Detective superintendant William Lyle, in charge of Operation Withern, said: “I would like to praise the officers from the Operation Withern team who worked tirelessly on this case. Their work has seen a violent man jailed for his reckless actions.
“I would also like to reassure Londoners that my team will continue to pursue those responsible for criminal acts during last year’s disorder, and put them before the courts to face justice.”
Elliot-Joahill was found guilty of GBH with intent, and had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary, possessing an offensive weapon and violent disorder.