Police claim ‘success’ after shotgun carrying teenagers jailed

The sentencing of two South London teenagers, accused of numerous firearm offences, has been branded a success by London’s gun prevention unit.

Andrew Gomma, 17, of the Samuel Lewis Trust Estate in Camberwell, and Marcus Allen, 18, were sentenced for a total of 16 years at Kingston Crown Court, after being found guilty of possessing a firearm with the intent to endanger life.

Allen, who is believed to be a member of a notorious Brixton street gang, was sentenced to seven and a half years after he failed to stop when approached by Trident police officers on Warner Road in Camberwell.

The teenager was caught by the officers and was found to be carrying a revolver.

Goma was sentenced to eight and a half years after a raid at his house unearthed a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

Detective Constable Phil Carruth from Trident, the Mets gun related crime unit said: “Hopefully these lengthy prison terms given to Marcus Allen and Andrew Goma will act as a deterrent to others who choose to involve themselves with firearms and gang activities throughout London.

“The success of this case and similar ones being undertaken by Trident’s proactive teams continues to show the dedication and commitment of officers to target these dangerous individuals.”

Judge Coello insisted that ‘public protection was paramount’ in her consideration of the sentences, and described the two as a ‘significant risk’ to the public.

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