Video: Finsbury Park shopkeeper and son fight back against robbers
Two armed robbers caught on CCTV violently attacking a shopkeeper and his son have been jailed.
Levi Ingram, 20, and Denzel Sasa, 16, carried out raids on My Shop in Kentish Town and then the Gonca supermarket in Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park.
At Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, Ingram, of no fixed address, was sentenced to nine years with a public protection order and Sasa, of Bouverie Road, Stoke Newington, was sent to prison for six years with a four year extended licence.
The court heard a gun wielding Ingram and knife carrying Sasa, both wearing balaclavas, forced staff at My Shop to hand over �300 at 9.37pm on December 21.
Fifteen minutes later they targeted the Gonca supermarket where heroic father and son duo Dogan and Yilmaz Sahim fought back.
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Both suspects and victims had a chaotic brawl with Sasa repeatedly trying to knife the father and Ingram smashing his firearm into the skull of the son.
The fight spilled out into the street before the thieves fled empty-handed.
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Sasa was arrested through fingerprint evidence at My Shop while Ingram was later identified following a Crimewatch appeal.
Both had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of grievous bodily harm.
The court heard Ingram had been brought up in a care home for troubled children and turned to drugs and suffers from severe depression.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Dawn Bolitho said: “The sentences reflect the severity of these offences.
“Ingram and Sasa had no hesitation in using extreme violence in their attempt to rob the Gonca supermarket and it is very lucky the shopkeeper and his son were not seriously injured.
“I have no doubt they would have continued targeting similar premises had they not been caught.”
Judge Peter Clarke QC, when sentencing the pair, lifted an order which banned the identification of Sasa because he is under 18-years-old.
He said: “There’s no reason why his name should not be in the public domain for such an act of violence.”
Brain Kennedy, defending Sasa, said: “He was very young and is very sorry and hopes some good will come from his life after what was a moment of madness when under the wing of a considerably older man.”