Britain: A fired social worker had to be dragged screaming from a court after a foul-mouthed tirade at a judge about gang culture
Two members of an armed gang of hooded thugs that included the killers of Tom ap Rhys Price were been jailed for a minimum of five years each.
The woman shouted references to Kodjo Yenga, 16, killed in Hammersmith last week: "They stabbed him to death. Do you know just what they were shouting? 'Kill him, kill him'." She was shouting about "children being killed in their f****** beds" as she was dragged out.
The woman, named unofficially as Liz Johnson and said to have been the social worker for defendants Harry Bees, 17, and Aaron Dennis, 19, was detained under the Mental Health Act.
She yelled at the judge: "I'm a social worker. I've just lost my job." As police and court officials rushed to restrain her, she shouted: "I don't care if I f****** get arrested. That boy that was lying on the floor dying... they stabbed him to death.
"Do you know just what they were shouting? 'Kill him, kill him'." As worried officials begged her to stop, she said: "I've already got the sack."
The judge remained in his seat as she harangued him, and tried to calm her as she became more and more hysterical, but what he said could not be heard above her screams.
As pandemonium overtook the court, she was surrounded by around ten officials and lawyers trying to calm her, but she shouted ever louder. She said: "My children. F*** the lot of you. For every black child who is shot dead in their bed by gangs... you will f****** listen to me.
"You will have to f****** kill me to get me off this stand." There were then heckles from the public gallery as people shouted 'get her out of here', and in moments dozens of people were yelling at the same time.
After the interjection the court heard, the gang conducted a terrifying campaign of robbery and gratuitous violence, the self-styled Kensal Green Tribe rampaged through Tube trains like a "pack of animals".
Some victims were stabbed while others where overwhelmed by a mob-handed barrage of punches and kicks as iPods, mobile phones, watches and cash was snatched.
One woman, held up at gun point, was even threatened with rape when she initially refused to hand over her valuables.
Those who dared resist were subjected to particular brutality, London's Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court was told. Death threats were frequent.
During eight months of savagery they and other gang members together committed an estimated 150 robberies.
Nearly half were on the underground. It was one of the most brutal and systematic "steaming" sprees the system had suffered and sent month-on-month statistic soaring by a staggering 400 per cent.
Victims were carefully selected with the help of a sickening "good mugging guide" one of the thugs made from a large London Underground map and hung on his bedroom wall.
Easy pickings were marked "good eating", while stations with a heavy police presence or where "prey" tended to resist were also identified.
It all peaked with the cold-blooded murder of high flying City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce. Donnel "G Rock" Carty, 19, and Delano "Shy" Brown, 18, were jailed for life last year after they followed him from Kensal Green tube station in north-west London and stabbed him repeatedly for his mobile, oyster card and £20.
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