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Duo jailed for roles in drug-fuelled shooting in Townhill Park in Southampton

By Bethan Phillips

5:44pm Monday 21st January 2013

Duo jailed for roles in drug-fuelled shooting

Duo jailed for roles in drug-fuelled shooting

Two men have been jailed for 13 years for taking part in a drug-fuelled shooting in Southampton.

Calvin Lawrence, 26, and Malachi Francis, 27, were handed the sentence this afternoon at Southampton Crown Court.

The self-confessed drug dealers, who are both from London, had been convicted of being behind a late-night shooting in the Townhill Park area of the city, when a man was blasted in the leg on the evening of February 19 last year.

The court had heard that Suraj Singh Bhakar was injured after visiting a flat in Vanguard Road.

He was left needing surgery for four leg wounds.

Lawrence and Francis both denied being involved in the shooting but were found guilty last year of wounding with intent and possessing a handgun with intent to cause fear of violence The prosecution said the shooting had been premeditated, designed not to kill but cause serious harm.

Lawrence and Francis will both serve 13 years, with a further 5 years on licence for wounding with intent and 9 years concurrently for possessing a firearm.

Comments(28)

Comments(28)

sotonbev says...
5:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Ha ha, good !! bloody thugs, hope you enjoy yourself in prison for years and years, that will teach you not to mess with Southampton

Steve24 says...
6:06pm Mon 21 Jan 13

teach them not to mess with southampton??? if the scummy drug dealer that was shot hadnt been selling drugs to the scummy people of southampton none of this would have taken place...they didnt just come and shoot an innocent person.... everyone involved should have been jailed ,including the victim, who admitted dealing drugs also. whats that saying about playing with fire?????

vickyashley27 says...
6:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

If you reread this Steve24 it says both men were self confesed drug dealers ie the 2 sent to prison today!!!!

SotonLad says...
6:38pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Shame he didn't die from gun shots, that way we would have for rid of 3 off the streets.

Big Mac says...
8:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Tar and feather brothers and sisters... burn baby burn

Steve24 says...
8:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

@ vickyashley27
i have read this article.... i also read the articles SINCE the shooting where the victim himself has CONFESSED to being concerned in the supply of drugs and is very well know for the supply of drugs.... if people want to mess around with drugs then they should expect to be either locked up or seriously hurt/killed. no sympathy for any of the men involved.

Donald2000 says...
11:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Steve24 wrote:
@ vickyashley27
i have read this article.... i also read the articles SINCE the shooting where the victim himself has CONFESSED to being concerned in the supply of drugs and is very well know for the supply of drugs.... if people want to mess around with drugs then they should expect to be either locked up or seriously hurt/killed. no sympathy for any of the men involved.
I totally agree with much of what has been said here.....it's one of those "People come from London on to my turf and shot me!" Forgetting to mention that a lot of these scro&tes are involved in dealing themselves. Ah there's nothing like a good bit of hypocrisy to warm the cockles of the heart.

sotonvoice says...
12:19am Tue 22 Jan 13

Suraj Bhakar aka Suzie deserved to be shot. Asif Khan was suppose to get shot too. Its all over drugs. Asif Khan was recently being investigated for drugs but he done a deal with the crown to get his charges dropped in return for him giving evidence against the guys above. Asif Khan and his brother Tariq Khan and Suraj Bakhar need to be locked up for a long time. The police know what dealing drugs openly but why aint they doing anything. We as a community should rise up and help the police get rid of the vermin like these guys off Southampton Streets......

Sovietobserver says...
9:18am Tue 22 Jan 13

sotonvoice wrote:
Suraj Bhakar aka Suzie deserved to be shot. Asif Khan was suppose to get shot too. Its all over drugs. Asif Khan was recently being investigated for drugs but he done a deal with the crown to get his charges dropped in return for him giving evidence against the guys above. Asif Khan and his brother Tariq Khan and Suraj Bakhar need to be locked up for a long time. The police know what dealing drugs openly but why aint they doing anything. We as a community should rise up and help the police get rid of the vermin like these guys off Southampton Streets......
Not much chance of keeping the South London posse out of Southampton. They completely outnumber us now, they are controlling Portsmouth and Bournemouth drug supplies as well. As soon as these two were taken out of circulation, within hours another two would be briefed up to cover their manor. It's only when an incident like this surfaces that the stretched police get their chance to scratch the surface.
The London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham combined, where vermin like these two are from, are now breeding in their millions, and will , if not already , contain more criminality than in the Bronx.
It's also a known fact that the younger mules are sent down from the smoke on regular awayday tickets to the South Coast, but don't get off at the main stations to avoid the monitored CCTV, so alight at previous station on the line.

Outside of the Box says...
10:06am Tue 22 Jan 13

sotonvoice wrote:
Suraj Bhakar aka Suzie deserved to be shot. Asif Khan was suppose to get shot too. Its all over drugs. Asif Khan was recently being investigated for drugs but he done a deal with the crown to get his charges dropped in return for him giving evidence against the guys above. Asif Khan and his brother Tariq Khan and Suraj Bakhar need to be locked up for a long time. The police know what dealing drugs openly but why aint they doing anything. We as a community should rise up and help the police get rid of the vermin like these guys off Southampton Streets......
Neither the victim or anyone else gave evidence in court, in fact the only evidence produced in court was one of these two caught on a shop's CCTV just before the shooting, no weapons were found, I'm not saying they didn't do it, but your notion a deal was done is wrong, statements were read but no one appeared for the prosecution,,,simple reason was fear, these two men are already serving prisoners, possession on a sub-machine gun, and arson with intent to endanger life, they're also facing other charges which they will get more time for.

Solent Lass says...
10:10am Tue 22 Jan 13

Should have used the death penalty like Bali and rid the streets of dealers.

kingnotail says...
1:18pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Solent Lass wrote:
Should have used the death penalty like Bali and rid the streets of dealers.
Doesn't Indonesia have a form of Islamic law? Is that really what you would like to see?

anderson212 says...
1:37pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Having read the statement of the victim myself, where he states he was shot by a white man, which neither of the two convicted men are, I personally believe they were framed by the police and found guilty by an all white jury because of the colour of their skin.

Hms.southampton says...
3:40pm Tue 22 Jan 13

HMS SOUTHAMPTON

I was involved in this investigation, On the19th February 2012 Suraj singh Bhakar was shot twice by the 2 known drug dealers who came here with the intention of shooting mr bhakar and did and have been convicted by their peers of the community (jurors) on the evidence which was produced on the trial the verdict was a fair verdict , no deals were made through any prosecution witnesses this was a premeditated crime.Gun crime will not be tolerated by anyone in southampton we will put you away for a long time and throw away the keys and the same applies to the drug dealers. Since mr bhakar was shot an operation fortress team has been put together combined with London Manchester Birmingham and various other constabularys to put a stop to drug dealers who think they can come from other cities and think they can sell drugs in southampton since February 2012 we have arrested over 300 people involved with the concern and supply of class a, b, c, thanks to the members of the public whom we rely on also aswell as our investigation the message is clear to all of those who are actively involved in drugs or gun we will catch you.if you have any information an would like to let us know call 0845 045 45 45 or email us at southampton.gov/oper
ationfortress.co.uk

Draconian Measures says...
4:34pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Hms.southampton wrote:
HMS SOUTHAMPTON

I was involved in this investigation, On the19th February 2012 Suraj singh Bhakar was shot twice by the 2 known drug dealers who came here with the intention of shooting mr bhakar and did and have been convicted by their peers of the community (jurors) on the evidence which was produced on the trial the verdict was a fair verdict , no deals were made through any prosecution witnesses this was a premeditated crime.Gun crime will not be tolerated by anyone in southampton we will put you away for a long time and throw away the keys and the same applies to the drug dealers. Since mr bhakar was shot an operation fortress team has been put together combined with London Manchester Birmingham and various other constabularys to put a stop to drug dealers who think they can come from other cities and think they can sell drugs in southampton since February 2012 we have arrested over 300 people involved with the concern and supply of class a, b, c, thanks to the members of the public whom we rely on also aswell as our investigation the message is clear to all of those who are actively involved in drugs or gun we will catch you.if you have any information an would like to let us know call 0845 045 45 45 or email us at southampton.gov/oper

ationfortress.co.uk
Woz they only pickin on him cos he was not black ?

kingnotail says...
5:36pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Hms.southampton wrote:
HMS SOUTHAMPTON

I was involved in this investigation, On the19th February 2012 Suraj singh Bhakar was shot twice by the 2 known drug dealers who came here with the intention of shooting mr bhakar and did and have been convicted by their peers of the community (jurors) on the evidence which was produced on the trial the verdict was a fair verdict , no deals were made through any prosecution witnesses this was a premeditated crime.Gun crime will not be tolerated by anyone in southampton we will put you away for a long time and throw away the keys and the same applies to the drug dealers. Since mr bhakar was shot an operation fortress team has been put together combined with London Manchester Birmingham and various other constabularys to put a stop to drug dealers who think they can come from other cities and think they can sell drugs in southampton since February 2012 we have arrested over 300 people involved with the concern and supply of class a, b, c, thanks to the members of the public whom we rely on also aswell as our investigation the message is clear to all of those who are actively involved in drugs or gun we will catch you.if you have any information an would like to let us know call 0845 045 45 45 or email us at southampton.gov/oper

ationfortress.co.uk
Hmmm if you were really involved in the investigation would you be posting about it on a local newspaper comments section? I think we have a little Billy Bullsh1tter here..

Sovietobserver says...
6:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

kingnotail wrote:
Hms.southampton wrote:
HMS SOUTHAMPTON

I was involved in this investigation, On the19th February 2012 Suraj singh Bhakar was shot twice by the 2 known drug dealers who came here with the intention of shooting mr bhakar and did and have been convicted by their peers of the community (jurors) on the evidence which was produced on the trial the verdict was a fair verdict , no deals were made through any prosecution witnesses this was a premeditated crime.Gun crime will not be tolerated by anyone in southampton we will put you away for a long time and throw away the keys and the same applies to the drug dealers. Since mr bhakar was shot an operation fortress team has been put together combined with London Manchester Birmingham and various other constabularys to put a stop to drug dealers who think they can come from other cities and think they can sell drugs in southampton since February 2012 we have arrested over 300 people involved with the concern and supply of class a, b, c, thanks to the members of the public whom we rely on also aswell as our investigation the message is clear to all of those who are actively involved in drugs or gun we will catch you.if you have any information an would like to let us know call 0845 045 45 45 or email us at southampton.gov/oper


ationfortress.co.uk
Hmmm if you were really involved in the investigation would you be posting about it on a local newspaper comments section? I think we have a little Billy Bullsh1tter here..
HMS SOUTHAMPTON. You must think we are all thickos. Southampton. gov would be a council website with that suffix. Definitely not the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police website. No way. Pull the other one pillock. Kingnotail is absolutely correct you are a bullsh1tter.

anderson212 says...
6:34pm Tue 22 Jan 13

I have the victim statement which I am going to print and have it deliver to addresses in Hampshire. It will prove to you all that he clearly stated that it was a white man that shot him, he repeated this three time. The police put that statement in the unused material because they know no jury would convict two black man if that was read out in court. What king of barrister did those two young man have to represent them? may be working for the police

Draconian Measures says...
7:49pm Tue 22 Jan 13

anderson212 wrote:
I have the victim statement which I am going to print and have it deliver to addresses in Hampshire. It will prove to you all that he clearly stated that it was a white man that shot him, he repeated this three time. The police put that statement in the unused material because they know no jury would convict two black man if that was read out in court. What king of barrister did those two young man have to represent them? may be working for the police
Perhaps the "victim" was colour blind. I expect the "two young men" (drug dealing losers) had the best legal aid that the honest tax payers money could provide. Hope they enjoy their stay at my expense...MAGGOTS !!

anderson212 says...
9:44pm Tue 22 Jan 13

The victim not colour blind you are a racist ****, where your brain should be is full of MAGGOTS. People like you only go by what the papers say. Your people and the victim are big time drugs dealers who deal for the police which is why they do everything to take the small dealers off the streets. Their families are tax payers so they are getting back some of their money what they pay for tax.

anderson212 says...
9:56pm Tue 22 Jan 13

The Hampshire Police Force is racist, they bring cases against none white because they know that 98% of the time the jury are all white and they dont listen to the case they just look on the skin colour and find them guilty. Look up the M25 three this is it all over again. Thank God the lady caught with drugs in Bali is white British had she manage to come in with it they would distribute it to the small time dealers black or white who the police would then target. Blame the rich man for the drugs crime they are the one backing the small time dealers who only make a few pound

Draconian Measures says...
6:47am Wed 23 Jan 13

anderson212 wrote:
The victim not colour blind you are a racist ****, where your brain should be is full of MAGGOTS. People like you only go by what the papers say. Your people and the victim are big time drugs dealers who deal for the police which is why they do everything to take the small dealers off the streets. Their families are tax payers so they are getting back some of their money what they pay for tax.
Wow...English looks like it could almost be your first language. By "my people" do you mean residents of the UK ? If that is the case then it would include you as well, you cretin. I doubt very much if the families of the two misfits are tax payers, but as you are pretending to know all about their situation you could let us know.

anderson212 says...
12:02pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Lawrence, Francis family are tax payer.
Yes I am British but i treat everybody equal, colour is not a issue with me.

Draconian Measures says...
12:21pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anderson212 wrote:
Lawrence, Francis family are tax payer.
Yes I am British but i treat everybody equal, colour is not a issue with me.
"Colour is not an issue with me"...Apart from sweeping generalizations..."T
he Hampshire Police Force is racist", not just some individuals within in it, but the WHOLE force ?? . Not forgetting my personal favourite..."Your people" exactly which section of society is that directed against ? At least have the guts to say white if that's what you mean.

How does the saying go..I'm not a racist but... So by your own standards it would seem you are !!

kingnotail says...
12:25pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anderson212 wrote:
Lawrence, Francis family are tax payer.
Yes I am British but i treat everybody equal, colour is not a issue with me.
Neither is colour an issue with me. I hate liars though.

anderson212 says...
2:49pm Wed 23 Jan 13

My family is make up of black and white which is why colour is not an issue with me, not all white or black people are bad. At lease 90% of Hampshire Police are racist. I myself hate liars because like these two young man liars and racist have put them behind bars for a crime they did not committed.

Draconian Measures says...
10:04pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anderson212 wrote:
My family is make up of black and white which is why colour is not an issue with me, not all white or black people are bad. At lease 90% of Hampshire Police are racist. I myself hate liars because like these two young man liars and racist have put them behind bars for a crime they did not committed.
Ordinarily it would be fun to continue to make you contradict yourself and look even more of a lemon but its too easy and boring.

I take it you will be visiting the two "fitted up" scum bags in prison...? Send my regards won't you !

anderson212 says...
3:23pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Yes iwill be visiting and sending money to them. It take a scum to know one.

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