'Thugs of Stonebridge' Jailed for Attempted Murder of Footballer

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A 16-YEAR-OLD rapper who glorified gang shootings on YouTube has been sentenced to more than 12 years for trying to murder a footballer.

Samuel Woods ordered Jordan Gabbidon to blast the 28-year-old victim with a 12-bore shotgun for straying onto their turf in the Stonebridge area of Harlesden. The victim, who had been making his way home from a crimeprevention tournament, was within "millimetres of death" after the shooting at Harlesden Tube station. In YouTube videos Woods, who goes by the name Capo Ginger, brags about "spraying" people as he and others mimic holding guns. Woods also wrote lyrics in praise of rapper Kevin Georgiou, 26, who was earlier cleared of involvement in the shooting. Georgiou performs under the name K Koke and lives in the Stonebridge area.

The victim was so terrified of giving evidence that he was granted anonymity by the trial judge and given the court pseudonym of Paul.

Woods and Gabbidon, 17, of Harlesden, were each sentenced to 12 years and six months' youth detention after being convicted of attempted murder.

Ola Salau and Chantelle Franklin, both 17, were found guilty of trying to help the pair get away with the crime and received six years each. Their names could be reported only after restrictions were lifted at Blackfriars crown court.

The teenagers were all part of a gang that called itself TOS or Thugs of Stonebridge.

The court heard how Paul was with several other players when he encountered Woods, Franklin, Salau and Gabbidon in March last year. …