Gang member jailed for firearms and knife offences

05 September 2012

Zackaria Sugulle

A gang member has been jailed for 12 years after admitting to firearms and knife offences.

Zackaria Sugulle, 24 of St Margarets Terrace, SE18, was sentenced to 12 years in prison at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday 31 August having pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition and possession of two kitchen knives.

"We continue to target those involved in gang activity."

On Thursday 21 June, officers were deployed on an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operation - codenamed Cubo - in Eltham, when a Vauxhall Zafira came to their attention for not having a 'current keeper'.

The vehicle was stopped and Sugulle, who was a passenger in the car, was seen to throw a bag into the driver's footwell.

The bag was found to contain a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver, two kitchen knives and a pair of black gloves. Sugulle was arrested, taken to a south London police station and subsequently charged.

Prior to sentencing, Detective Inspector Jonathan Mearns, Greenwich CID, provided the trial judge with a police impact statement that emphasised the threat posed by Sugulle.

It outlined the gang that Sugulle was part of had drug connections throughout the United Kingdom recruiting vulnerable youngsters and that the firearm recovered had been used in two shootings.

Sugulle was described as "graduating up the hierarchy" in the statement.

The judge used the impact statement in sentencing to evidence the aggravating factors to the case.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Mearns said: "We continue to target those involved in gang activity using all available legislation to ensure maximum sentences are passed.

"This person was involved in gang related activity, to ensure the court knew the background to Zackaria Sugulle I compiled the statement therefore allowing the judge to sentence him appropriately."

Sugulle was sentenced to 12 years for the firearms and ammunition offences, and three years for the knife offences to run concurrently.