Four men were jailed yesterday for their part in terrifying, racially motivated mob violence when rioting erupted on the streets of Birmingham.
During the violence in October 2005 in Lozells and Handsworth, one man was murdered, others were attacked and shops were looted following rumours of the rape of a black schoolgirl by a group of Asian men.
Yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court, Moses Kibuye (41) of Leopold Street, Highgate, was given an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public after being found guilty of riot and racially aggravated damage to property. Andrew Walker (41) of Windmill Lane, Smethwick, Sandwell was jailed for eight years, after being convicted of riot and wounding with intent; Marcell Brown (26) of Camden Street, Winson Green, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after being found guilty of violent disorder and racially aggravated damage to property.
A 21 year-old man from Newtown, who cannot be identified, who was convicted of riot and had admitted an unconnected charge of robbery, was jailed for four and a half years.
A 16-year-old, who also cannot be identified, was given a 12 month supervision order after he was found guilty of riot.
Judge Trevor Faber said the events of October 21, 22 and 23 were something that the people living in Lozells and Handsworth would probably never forget and were the result of a rumour without any real basis at all.
He went on: "This was premeditated, taking advantage of the genuine concerns of the local community and its law abiding leaders, to stir up racial hatred, create havoc and disorder on the streets, to commit crimes of looting and violence and targeting and attacking with weapons defenceless members of the Asian community."
The judge said mobs had attacked police officers, hurling bricks and other missiles at them and that in the course of one day 252 separate crimes were reported.
He said he had also not forgotten that a young black man - Isaiah Young-Sam - had lost his life at the hands of some young Asians who had been prosecuted and sentenced.
Judge Faber said one of the victims, a taxi driver whose vehicle was surrounded by a mob, had his windows smashed and was struck on the head by missiles while a motorist thought he would be killed after he was dragged out of his car, kicked and punched and struck with a machete and iron bar by a mob chanting "stab him, kill him, rob him".
Another victim, the court heard, was a mother-of-four, whose house was attacked and who believed she and her daughter were going to be raped.
The defendants were convicted following a six and a half week trial during the summer at Birmingham Crown Court when a jury heard about a series of incidents over a five-hour period, some captured on CCTV or the police helicopter camera.
During the riots groups of black men, most of them disguising their faces, attacked and raided shops owned by Asians including a supermarket and a petrol station.
Another Asian man was set upon as he was walking down Alma Street and kicked "remorselessly" as he lay on the ground, said Adrian Redgrave QC, prosecuting.
Jerry Hayes, for Walker, said he was normally a mild mannered man and had initially gone to a meeting at a church to find out what was going on.