Duo jailed for shooting man in legs in drug feud in Townhill Park area of Southampton

Duo jailed for shooting man in legs in drug feud

Duo jailed for shooting man in legs in drug feud

Calvin Lawrence

Malachi Francis

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TWO drug dealers have been jailed for shooting a man in the legs in Southampton.

In a case that has sparked a major police crackdown on gang-related drug activity in the city, Calvin Lawrence and Malachi Francis have both been imprisoned for 13 years for wounding with intent.

Southampton Crown Court was told it was probably a “drugs feud” that led the duo to shoot Suraj Singh Bhakar in both his legs at a flat in Vanguard Road, Southampton.

Mr Bhakar underwent surgery for four leg wounds after the shooting and needed “repeated hospital treatment” in the months afterwards.

As previously reported, school friends Lawrence, 26, and Francis, 27, both from London, both denied being involved with the shooting but were convicted last year of wounding with intent and possessing a handgun with intent to cause fear of violence. The court heard that Lawrence had 21 previous convictions – and had started dealing drugs at the age of 13.

Francis had 11 previous convictions for drugs and firearm offences and was on licence at the time of the shooting for possession of a sub machine gun and 36 live cartridges in 2007.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Derwin Hope said it was clear from the evidence that Lawrence was the leader.

But he said Francis’s previous firearm convictions were aggravating factors, and the pair should be treated equally.

Judge Hope said: “Mr Lawrence, you have a history of repeated violence and serious drug offences and you have admitted to a criminal lifestyle. You were involved in this shooting in Southampton even though your brother was shot in the past, which didn’t deter you.

“You have lived a long-term criminal lifestyle.”

Addressing both Francis and Lawrence, he added: “You deliberately targeted the victim, and he was shot in both legs before each of you made off together and sought to escape justice.

“I have no doubt that you intended him serious psychological harm as well as physical injury.”

Lawrence and Francis were both jailed for 13 years, with a further five years on licence for wounding with intent. They were jailed for nine years, to run concurrently, for possessing a firearm.

The shooting was one of the cases that sparked Hampshire Police’s Operation Fortress – a crackdown on drug dealers from London operating in Southampton.

Detective Inspector Adam Price, from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, said: “We would like to acknowledge the support of witnesses who provided police with vital evidence in this investigation, bravely giving evidence against organised criminals in order to protect their communities.

“Hampshire Constabulary will, through Operation Fortress, continue to pro-actively target those who come into Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deal and engage in drugs and drug-related violence.”

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10:26am Tue 22 Jan 13

freefinker says...

.. yet another repeat.
.. yet another repeat. freefinker
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11:27am Tue 22 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

I don't understand how one of them was caught with a machine gun about 5 years ago and is not in prison for that? It was obvious he likes shooting people. I think he should be shot.
I don't understand how one of them was caught with a machine gun about 5 years ago and is not in prison for that? It was obvious he likes shooting people. I think he should be shot. bernard7
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12:08pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Ozmosis says...

And yet the judge has given them yet more time on licence. That hardly worked as any sort of deterrent last time... And presumably if they can behave behind bars they will be out in 6.5 years? Pretty shameful....
And yet the judge has given them yet more time on licence. That hardly worked as any sort of deterrent last time... And presumably if they can behave behind bars they will be out in 6.5 years? Pretty shameful.... Ozmosis
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2:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

anderson212 says...

Lawrence and Francis did not attend the same school. Lawrence attended school in Hampshire and Francis in Peckham. There is no justice for black in a county like Hampshire
Lawrence and Francis did not attend the same school. Lawrence attended school in Hampshire and Francis in Peckham. There is no justice for black in a county like Hampshire anderson212
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5:33pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Draconian Measures says...

anderson212 wrote:
Lawrence and Francis did not attend the same school. Lawrence attended school in Hampshire and Francis in Peckham. There is no justice for black in a county like Hampshire
"innit"
[quote][p][bold]anderson212[/bold] wrote: Lawrence and Francis did not attend the same school. Lawrence attended school in Hampshire and Francis in Peckham. There is no justice for black in a county like Hampshire[/p][/quote]"innit" Draconian Measures
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11:14am Wed 23 Jan 13

katrina_27 says...

Draconian Measures wrote:
anderson212 wrote:
Lawrence and Francis did not attend the same school. Lawrence attended school in Hampshire and Francis in Peckham. There is no justice for black in a county like Hampshire
"innit"
A simple mistake as far as schools are concerned, but you really think this is to do with racism? With all due respect,they shot a man!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Draconian Measures[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anderson212[/bold] wrote: Lawrence and Francis did not attend the same school. Lawrence attended school in Hampshire and Francis in Peckham. There is no justice for black in a county like Hampshire[/p][/quote]"innit"[/p][/quote]A simple mistake as far as schools are concerned, but you really think this is to do with racism? With all due respect,they shot a man!!!!!!!!!!!! katrina_27
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12:10pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anderson212 says...

No they did not shot a man, the victim said he was shot by a white man, and while those two were on remand the victim went to the police and report that the man who shot him was in a club in the area but they did nothing. The mand who did the shooting is from Southampton not London I can assure he will kill someone one day. The police know who the white man is but they dont want to lock up one of their own so yes it is racism.
No they did not shot a man, the victim said he was shot by a white man, and while those two were on remand the victim went to the police and report that the man who shot him was in a club in the area but they did nothing. The mand who did the shooting is from Southampton not London I can assure he will kill someone one day. The police know who the white man is but they dont want to lock up one of their own so yes it is racism. anderson212
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4:22pm Wed 23 Jan 13

SotonLad says...

anderson212 wrote:
No they did not shot a man, the victim said he was shot by a white man, and while those two were on remand the victim went to the police and report that the man who shot him was in a club in the area but they did nothing. The mand who did the shooting is from Southampton not London I can assure he will kill someone one day. The police know who the white man is but they dont want to lock up one of their own so yes it is racism.
You talk a lot of rubbish
[quote][p][bold]anderson212[/bold] wrote: No they did not shot a man, the victim said he was shot by a white man, and while those two were on remand the victim went to the police and report that the man who shot him was in a club in the area but they did nothing. The mand who did the shooting is from Southampton not London I can assure he will kill someone one day. The police know who the white man is but they dont want to lock up one of their own so yes it is racism.[/p][/quote]You talk a lot of rubbish SotonLad
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7:35pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anderson212 says...

That is fact not rubbish. Remember the M25 three same thing three black man spend 12 years in prison even eyes witness said it was a white man. I dont agree with what happen to the victim but charge the person who did it. The truth will come out one day, it might take years but i will never stop till it does.
That is fact not rubbish. Remember the M25 three same thing three black man spend 12 years in prison even eyes witness said it was a white man. I dont agree with what happen to the victim but charge the person who did it. The truth will come out one day, it might take years but i will never stop till it does. anderson212
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