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01 Jan 1970 |

Burger Bar Boys

Burger Bar Boys ‘Godfather’ Nosakhere Stephenson and gun gang may have ‘lenient’ sentences increased

Solicitor General Robert Buckland has referred the weapon trafficking case to Court of Appeal

Gun crime gang.

Burger Bar Boys ‘Godfather’ Nosakhere Stephenson and 13 others involved in gun running may have their ‘lenient’ prison sentences increased after a referral to the Court of Appeal.

The group were sentenced to more than 100 years in total last month for trafficking weapons and ammunition, including handguns, a sawn-off shotgun and a MAC 10 machine gun. Stephenson, 41, of St Michael’s Road, Handsworth, was seen as the ‘Godfather’ of the notorious crime group and thought he was ‘untouchable’ as he dealt in death. He was jailed for 16-and-a-half years.

Other defendants included Stephenson’s chief armourer Sundish Nazran, 32, of Nijon Close, Handsworth, who was jailed for 13 years.

Rowan Gul, 33, of Bickley Grove, Sheldon, was a “significant link” between suppliers and buyers. He was sentenced to 12 years and three months.

Theodore Wiggan, 28, of Scaffell Way, West Bromwich, was highly trusted and stored guns and ammunition. He was given a sentence of ten years.

Louis McDermott, 36, of Monins Avenue, Tipton, was jailed for nine years and four months.

And Fitzroy Ducram, 50, of Raglan Road, Handsworth, was sentenced to seven years and four months.

He said: “After careful consideration of the details of these cases, I decided to refer these sentences to the Court of Appeal due to the serious nature of the offences concerned.

“These were professional criminals running a sophisticated operation which involved a high degree of planning.

“The offences had a terrible impact on those who were caught up in violence further down the line.

“It is now a matter for the Court to determine whether the sentences should be increased.”

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Wallis led the elite Serious Organised Crime Unit of West Midlands Police which smashed the gang and brought the Burger Bar leader to justice.

Speaking after they were jailed, he had said: “Stephenson was widely-regarded as an untouchable ‘Godfather’ but as this case goes to show, nobody is above the law.

“He tried his best to distance himself from his accomplices but the exacting work of my team, poring over CCTV, phone records, vehicle movements and forensic work enabled us to prove he was at the centre of this highly-organised and extremely dangerous gun supply network.”