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Three men given combined 44-year prison sentence for assault and drug offences across Surrey and Hampshire

Three men have been sentenced, following charges of vicious assault and dealing class A drugs across the two counties.

The investigation started after three men attacked a man at his home in Wood Road, Camberley on 25th December, 2018.

While there, the offenders kicked, punched and burnt a man - resulting in the victim suffering a fractured rib and serious burns.

Surrey Police worked alongside Hampshire Police to proactively target and arrest those involved.

They then discovered the trio to be concerned in a 'county-lines' drugs supply.

All three were found guilty, following a trial at Guildford Crown Court on 10th October, 2019.

Abdihakim Farah, 24, of Greenford, London and Abidiaziz-Ali Qaajaa, 22, of Ealing, London, were each sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison, including 12 years for grievous bodily harm (GBH) and four years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Mohamed Mohamed, 29, of Hammersmith, London was sentenced to 12 years in prison for grievous bodily harm (GBH).

(The three offenders involved will face a combined 44 years in prison. Picture credit: Surrey Police)

Surrey Heath Borough Commander, Inspector Bob Darkens said:

“The length of sentences handed down to these individuals reflect the severity of the crimes for which they were found guilty.

"They were part of a county lines gang operating in the affluent borough of Surrey Heath, and I hope this highlights the fact that this is not just a crime that affects other parts of the country, but is on our doorstep.

“The violence shown by these men was, in my opinion, akin to torture.

"This is the reality of the drugs world and I hope is a reminder to those who think that their social use of drugs is acceptable; it isn’t, and their habit feeds this serious criminality.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the investigating officer Detective Constable Arun Sharma for his excellent work in securing this conviction.

"The verdict was never a foregone conclusion and was the result of numerous hours of hard work.”

Detective Inspector Simon Driver added:

“Alongside the tireless work undertaken by investigators in this case, I would like to recognise and commend those who came forward and provided us with the evidence needed to secure these convictions, and in particular the victim himself, who relayed the horrific events that unfolded on the night.

“One of the witnesses says she still has nightmares about the incident and said the ordeal she endured was like a movie.

"I hope that the fact that all three men are now behind bars will give all those involved some sort of closure and allow them to start to put the incident behind them.”

Chief Inspector John Halfacre from Hampshire Constabulary said:

“These significant sentences are the result of some excellent cross border working between Hampshire Constabulary and Surrey Police and demonstrates the seriousness of these crimes.

 “County lines networks are a scourge and we will relentlessly pursue those who play a part in Class A drugs supply and seek to bring harm to our communities.

“We can’t tackle this problem alone but with the help of our communities and other partner agencies, we can take action against those intent on breaking the law.”
 

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