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Gang jailed for plot to free prison van inmate; UK & WORLD.

Byline: Helen Williams

AGANG that launched a failed bid to free a criminal from a prison van during which one of their members was killed have been sentenced to a total of 27 years and two months in prison.

The attempt to break Izzet Eren, who was being held on firearms offences, out of a prison van as he was being moved from Wormwood Scrubs prison to Wood Green Crown Court on December 11, 2015 was thwarted as police had bugged the gang's car.

Armed police swooped on the gang, who had armed themselves with a replica Uzi gun, as their vehicles were near the north London court.

Accomplice Jermaine Baker, 28, of Tottenham, was shot dead by a police officer during the operation.

Judge Christopher Kinch QC, sitting at Woolwich Crown Court, south-east London, told the gang who sat quietly in the dock that an attempted break-out from custody was an "attack" on the criminal justice system which was also likely to threaten the general public and put security staff at risk.

The gang includes Eren Hasyer, 25, of Enfield, who was found guilty of conspiring in the escape plot but cleared of possession of an imitation firearm with criminal intent. He is to be sentenced on Thursday.

The judge sentenced Eren, 33, who is currently serving 14 years for the firearms offences, to a total of seven-and-a half years for the escape attempt. This includes fiveand-half years for conspiracy to escape and two years for conspiracy to carry imitation firearms with criminal intent.

This sentence is to be served consecutively to the current 14 year jail sentence which was imposed in December.

Eren knew that he would face a long prison sentence when he appeared in court in December for firearms offences and tried to avoid it by masterminding the escape plan.

He had been caught in October with another man - Erwin Amoah-Gyamfi - carrying a loaded pistol and a Skorpion machine gun in north London as they drove on a stolen motorbike to allegedly carry out a shooting.

The judge told him Eren he was "the motive behind the sequence of events", that he had "orchestrated" the escape plan and that he was "plainly a man of considerable influence", control and loyalty from the other gang members.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay told the court that Eren had previously been sentenced to eight years in prison in July 2011 for conspiracy to supply drugs. A condition of his sentence was that he was deported.

Mr Polnay said: "He should not have been in the UK at all".

In a bid to avoid a lengthy jail sentence Eren had masterminded the escape plot from his cell.

His cousin Ozcan Eren, 32, of Wood Green, had denied the same charges relating to the escape plot but changed his plea part-way through the trial.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 21, 2016
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