A MAN from Coventry who attacked a rival who was under arrest has been jailed in Birmingham.
Police were arresting a man in Skipton Road, Edgbaston, in the early hours of January 23 2018, but as they were leading him to a police car, a trio of rival gang members ‘pounced’.
Samba Faal, aged 20, of Holmefield Road, Coventry, along with Roshane Daley and Amadou Sarr, attacked the man.
The trio admitted affray at Birmingham Crown Court. Faal, Daley, aged 26, of Marsh Close, Erdington, and Sarr, aged 23 of Church Green, Handsworth were each jailed for a year at Birmingham Crown Court on October 29.
Officers arrived at Skipton Road in Edgbaston to arrest a suspect, but they noticed a black Vokswagen Golf parked outside a tower block.
They arrested the man, but when they led him out to their police car, the three waiting men punched and kicked their rival. As well as hurling abuse at him, they hit him with a traffic cone.
After PC’s raised the alarm, fellow officers rushed to the scene and spotted the blacked-out Golf nearby, pulling over and arresting the three.
Opening the car, police found a balaclava and face coverings, together with a baseball bat.
Chief Inspector Phil Cape from Birmingham’s Organised Crime Team, said: “We’re continuing to work relentlessly to disrupt gang activity around the city.
“Clearly the suspect in custody was the intended victim, but these three clearly showed no regard for the officers.
“Great work by the investigation team meant that despite the officers at the scene being unable to identify the attackers because of their hoods, investigators built a case so strong that they had to plead guilty.
“Working with other agencies, we’re getting the message over to young people that this is not an attractive lifestyle and that they will go to prison if they get involved.”