Stunning moment machine gun-toting police stop county lines killers

Dramatic police bodycam footage shows the moment a drugs gang were arrested at gunpoint after a man was stabbed to death in a county lines turf war revenge attack.

Heavily armed officers are filmed drawing their weapons on three men and a teenager inside a BMW after Wesley Adyinka was knifed through the heart in Maidstone, Kent. 

The footage shows Kevin Roach, 40, Rodney Harris, 38, Julian Grant, 28, and 18-year-old Alfie Caparn with their hands in the air as police aimed their guns at the car when it was pulled over in Bromley, south east London.

Roach was jailed for life for a minimum of 27 years for murdering Mr Adyinka, 37, in February last year, but refused to leave his cell to face sentencing.

Heavily armed officers were filmed drawing their weapons on three men and a teenager inside a BMW after Wesley Adyinka, pictured with girlfriend Amanda Francis, was knifed through the heart in Maidstone, Kent

It emerged he had threatened to kill fellow gang member Grant in the court cells, telling him: ‘I am going to kill you in prison on CCTV and then write: ‘Guilty’ on the walls in your blood.’

Harris, Grant, and Alife were all convicted of Adyinka’s manslaughter. Harris was jailed for 18 years, Grant for 20 years and Caparn, who sobbed in the dock when the verdicts were announced, was also locked up for 18 years.

The fatal stabbing of Mr Adyinka was carried out as part of a ‘takeover bid’ after masked members of one drugs network operating in Maidstone, Kent, robbed street runner or ‘shotter’ Caparn, then aged 17, while armed with machetes.

The financial rewards of supplying the market with crack cocaine and heroin was said to be as much as £2,000 a day. 

Heavily armed officers are filmed drawing their weapons on three men and a teenager inside a BMW after Wesley Adyinka was knifed through the heart in Maidstone, Kent

Heavily armed officers are filmed drawing their weapons on three men and a teenager inside a BMW after Wesley Adyinka was knifed through the heart in Maidstone, Kent

The clip shows the police following the BMW before they were arrested in Bromley, south east London

The clip shows the police following the BMW before they were arrested in Bromley, south east London

Those from the Micky Line network believed Mr Adyinka and his girlfriend Amanda Francis, 29, had been involved in setting up the robbery by those running the Benny Banks Line and so headed down from their ‘territory’ in London seeking ‘cruel and deliberate’ retribution.

Mr Adyinka was knifed to his chest as he lay on the ground outside his home in the town centre shortly after midnight on February 10 last year.

Ms Francis, known as Pepa, was also stabbed in the leg as she bravely tried to fight off his attackers, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

The pair had been lured back from a shop to their block of flats in Knightrider Street by Grant.

The footage shows Kevin Roach, 40, Rodney Harris, 38, Julian Grant, 28, and 18-year-old Alfie Caparn inside the vehicle as it is pulled over

The footage shows Kevin Roach, 40, Rodney Harris, 38, Julian Grant, 28, and 18-year-old Alfie Caparn inside the vehicle as it is pulled over

In an 11-minute phone call and calling himself ‘Uncle’, he boasted to Ms Francis of having ‘taken over Maidstone’ and ‘everyone had to do what he said’.

During that call Mr Adyinka and his girlfriend were approached by Roach and Caparn, with Grant then giving the order to attack.

He later gave a startling insight into his attitude to dealing drugs and to his customers when he told the jury it was their choice, adding ‘I don’t see the point in killing them. They are killing themselves’.

All four defendants, described by the prosecution as having ‘supreme arrogance and belief in their own power’, had denied both murder and the alternative charge of manslaughter in respect of Mr Adyinka.

Roach, of South Croydon was also unanimously convicted of wounding Ms Francis and possessing an offensive weapon.

Kevin Roach

Rodney Harris

Kevin Roach (left) was jailed for life for a minimum of 27 years for murdering Mr Adyinka. Rodney Harris (right) convicted of manslaughter, was jailed for 18 years

Harris, of Croydon, and Grant, of Mitcham, Surrey, were found guilty by a majority verdict of 11-1 of the same wounding offence.

Caparn, from Streatham, south London, and who sobbed in the dock as the verdicts were announced, was cleared of both wounding Ms Francis with intent and the alternative, less serious charge of wounding.

The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for just under 13 hours.

Roach refused to leave his court cell to hear the verdicts and to be sentenced, despite Judge Adele Williams ordering him to do so.

‘It is terribly important he is sentenced in public so that everyone can see justice is being done,’ she had told the court.

Jailing the defendants, with the three in the dock wearing handcuffs, she said: ‘All four of you travelled from south London to Maidstone with a plan.

Julian Grant

Alfie Caparn

Julian Grant (left) was jailed for 20 years and Alfie Caparn (right) who sobbed in the dock when the verdicts were announced, was also locked up for 18 years

‘That plan had two purposes. The first was to exact revenge on those you considered responsible for the robbery on Alfie Caparn, and the second purpose was to establish control over the drugs supply in Maidstone and over drug users.’

Describing Roach as a ruthless, violent criminal with no conscience, she added he had ‘executed the plan without mercy’ and while ‘eaten up with anger over the loss of his drugs’.

‘You were absolutely determined to teach those responsible for the robbery a lesson, a lesson they would never forget,’ said Judge Williams.

Grant was said to have played a leading role, having also ‘groomed and exploited’ Caparn, and believed in his own ‘invincibility’.

Harris, who was not a drug dealer, had been recruited to act as their getaway driver but ‘knew exactly what the trip involved’, said the judge.

She added that Caparn’s direct participation in the fatal attack ‘outweighed’ the sentencing discount the court was expected to give in light of his age and immaturity.

‘You had been a naive and somewhat vulnerable young man but you were groomed by Grant and Roach and became corrupted by them until you were willingly involving yourself in the drugs supply,’ Judge Williams told the teenager.

‘You were so anxious to please them that you participated in the attack.’

She also told Roach that he would have to serve the minimum term before applying for parole but may never be released.

At the start of their trial in November, prosecutor Richard Barraclough QC said those responsible for attacking Mr Adyinka had wanted to warn any rivals that they were ‘not to be messed with’.

CCTV footage shows the four men entering a flat on the night Mr Adyinka was murdered

CCTV footage shows the four men entering a flat on the night Mr Adyinka was murdered

‘This is all to do with drug dealing, the expansion of drug-dealing territories and the desire for power and control in Maidstone by London drug dealers,’ Mr Barraclough told the jury.

‘The gang believed that Mr Adyinka had been involved in setting up the robbery. By acting as they did, the message would go out that they were not to be messed with and that they were taking over Maidstone.’

Mr Adyinka and Ms Francis were attacked outside their flat in Chaucer House – a converted building once home to the probation service.

He and Ms Francis, themselves recovering addicts, were living in temporary accommodation at the time and due to move into a permanent flat the next day.

The couple and Caparn had been in the home of another resident, an addict, two nights earlier when the teenager was robbed of cash, drugs worth £2,000 and ‘customer’ details and had his cheek slashed.

The court was told Mr Adyinka was stabbed ‘on instruction’ from Grant and after Caparn, just inches away, had stopped him from fleeing.

It was alleged the teen then tried to hold Ms Francis back as she intervened.

Both the ‘violent and gratuitous’ attacks were captured on CCTV. Roach and Caparn fled as soon as Ms Francis had also been knifed.

Although only Roach wielded the knife, the prosecutor said his three co-defendants were ‘part and parcel’ of the fatal attack by ‘arranging, organising and enticing’ before heading back together to London in a car driven by Harris.

However, they were arrested en route by armed police.

The court heard all four had shared an intention that night to cause ‘at least really serious harm’ to Mr Adyinka and Ms Francis.

‘When Caparn and Roach got out of that car in the atmosphere of anger, all of them intended serious harm to the objects of their vengeful anger,’ said Mr Barraclough.

‘They did not just intend some minor violence which would make them guilty of manslaughter. They intended more.

‘Just as the Benny Banks gang members had machetes, this gang, the Micky Line, was intent on establishing and maintaining control over the Maidstone drug market so that the message would be spelt out loud and clear that they were in charge.

‘When Roach plunged that knife into Mr Adyinka’s chest he can only have intended to kill him.

‘The others played their part in planning, driving, by their presence supporting and encouraging, by luring the victims to the scene, preventing the victim’s escape, remaining at the scene ready to drive the killers away, with the intention that the victim be at least seriously injured if not killed.’

Grant admitted that he contemplated ‘some violence’ that night when he gave the order for Mr Adyinka to be assaulted.

He had also been heard in the run-up to the brutal killing to say he was wearing his ‘moody’ trainers and was ‘ready to get blood on them’.

Mr Barraclough said Grant’s remark about drug users ‘killing themselves’ demonstrated his ‘devastating lack of compassion’.

He added that his claim he only supplied cocaine to ‘happy people at parties’ was ‘baloney’.

‘The defendants are drug dealers or, in the case of Harris, closely associated with drug dealers,’ the prosecutor told the court.

‘They care not for their customers and consider themselves to be untouchable even when arrested by armed police.

‘They possess a supreme arrogance and belief in their own power.’

Roach, Harris and Grant all have criminal records for violence, with previous convictions for drug offences, assault, robbery, wounding with intent and affray between them.

Ms Francis, who gave evidence during the trial, was said by Mr Barraclough to have tried to prevent the attack on her partner of 10 years ‘like a lioness protecting her cub’.

She cried as she recalled Mr Adyinka, who was knifed after falling over, telling her ‘Pep, babe, quick call me an ambulance ‘cos I’ve been stabbed in the heart’.

An hysterical Ms Francis tried to stem the blood flow with his scarf and gave him CPR until paramedics arrived.

The court heard however that Ms Francis had not seen the knife and thought the blow to her leg was a punch.

‘Whether Wesley Adyinka and Amanda Francis played one drugs line off against another, whether or not they were involved in the robbery of Alfie Caparn, Amanda Francis was courageous beyond measure,’ said the prosecutor.

In her victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Francis said she and Mr Adyinka had been ‘so excited at having a fresh start’.

‘This sadness and loss has extended beyond me. It has hit his and my kids hard. I have had to find the strength to support them as well as myself after losing my partner and soul mate,’ she wrote.

Mr Adynika’s mother, Adebola, described herself as ‘broken in every sense of the word’ in her statement.

The nurse wrote: ‘My son was victim to a terrible disease, the disease of addiction. No matter how he lived his life, he didn’t deserve this. No one does.

‘He was trying to turn his life around, to be a better man.’ 

 

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