Pair jailed after looting Ilford off-licence during August riots
Two men both sentenced to more than two years in prison for disorder during the London riots should have be given longer prison terms, a shopkeeper targeted by the pair has said.
Alex James, 29, of Dagenham received 28 months behind bars, and fellow attacker Libin Osman, 21, of Islington received 30 months for their part in the looting of S.N Food & Wine in Ilford Lane in August.
During the London-wide riots, a large group of about 50 attacked the shop causing around �12,000 of damage in smashed windows, stolen stock and money taken from the till.
Shop owner Silvakulasingham Nagulan said: “The sentence was not long enough.
“It is still healing in my mind and I think I have lost regular customers as we were closed for a few days and people went to other nearby shops.
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“I think they just don’t feel safe in my shop anymo re,” he added.
Mr Nagulan was awarded �6,000 from the High Street Fund, a riot emergency fund set up after the widespread disorder.
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He was forced to escape from his own shop through a fire exit during the looting, while he listened to the gang smashing his shop up with his wife and two teenage children upstairs.
The pair were identified by detectives examining the store’s CCTV, and sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court where they pleaded guilty to burglary.
After the attack, some thugs posted online videos of the shop being smashed up.
Police are still looking for other suspects, to see the full gallery of images visit www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects.