Man caught with machete in Ilford town centre spared jail

A CONVICTED robber who was caught on CCTV armed with a machete in Ilford town centre has walked free from court.

Ibrahim Abdilahi, 19, of Kingston Road, Ilford was filmed passing the giant blade to Liban Osman, 20, of Brimstone House, Victoria Street, Stratford who has skipped bail and is currently wanted by police.

The pair and two other teenagers had been involved in an earlier confrontation with other youths at Ilford train station who, they claimed were armed with swords.

But Judge John Hand QC was influenced by a probation officer’s report which recommended Abdilahi, who was convicted of robbery in 2009 and also failed to turn up for an earlier court hearing, would benefit from community supervision rather than imprisonment.

He sentenced him to 80 hours of unpaid work as part of a six-month supervision order at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Hollybush Hill, Snaresbrook, yesterday.

”You need to be supported in the immediate future,” the judge told Abdilahi. I am going to take the unusual course of making a community order in your case.”

Council CCTV staff spotted Abdilahi with the machete in Cranbrook Road on April 28 last year.

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Prosecuting counsel Ben Hayhurst told the court that camera operators saw Abdilahi passed the weapon to Osman in nearby Heron Mews.

The gang then walked towards Ilford Hill where Osman went into a curry house and allegedly dumped the blade in toilets.

When police confronted him in the restaurant, Osman told officers he had picked up the machete in self-defence after being confronted by an armed gang.

Abdilahi also admitted carrying a screwdriver but claimed it had been for repairs at his home.

Steve Hosking, defending, said Abdilahi had already served 112 days on remand and had pleaded guilty.

”It is the first time obviously that he has been in custody,” he said.

Abdilahi admitted having an article with a blade and failing to surrender to bail.