A court has heard how rioting covidiots injured more than 20 Metropolitan Police officers after an illegal street party plunged into a riot during the first lockdown.
Ronaldo Scott, 18, and his friends hosted a party which spilt out into the streets of Brixton on 25th June 2020.
Videos of the carnage that ensued were widely shared on social media and caused outrage across the country.
Residents had called the police after they became increasingly concerned about the large and rowdy out-of-control group.
When officers arrived on the scene, they quickly came under attack as they were pelted with various missiles including large planks of wood and glass bottles.
In total, 22 police officers were injured during the large-scale disorder.
Two of the injured officers were hospitalised as a result of their injuries.
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the scenes at the time as ‘utterly vile’.
The Inner London Crown Court heard how Scott had filmed himself and uploaded the footage to social media as revellers threatened police officers and damaged police cars on the Angell Town Estate.
Chris Johnston, prosecuting, said:
‘He participated in sustained and persistent unlawful activity.
‘This particular defendant is one who threatened police officers with violence.
‘He opened the van door in motion, and video shows if the driver of that van did not take action, the occupants of that vehicle would have been stranded and under threat of attack by the defendant and others.
‘Because he filmed himself we can see how he was the main cheerleader of the crowd around him. He was highly excited and animated.
‘He was also in possession of a large extendable baton which actually a stun gun.
‘There is no question about whether the defendant has been stopped by police because he was acting in a way which was against the public interest.’
Judge Jeremy Donne, QC, handed the teenager a 24-month jail sentence suspended for two years.
He said: ‘Far too many people decide to join in, far too few people tried to stop it.
‘You are 18 years old, in a number of ways you are far younger.
‘In reference to the disorder, my starting point is two years imprisonment.
‘In respect of your learning difficulties, I am going to reduce that to 20 months.
‘With four months for the prohibited weapon, you have 24 months in prison, suspended for two years.
‘I want you to change your life, and you need to steer clear of those who get you into trouble.’
Scott, of Bennett Road, Brixton, received a suspended jail sentence after he admitted violent disorder and possessing a prohibited weapon namely a stun gun.
The judge ordered he complete a 35-day rehabilitation course and obey an electronically monitored curfew for two months.
He was also sentenced to a three-year criminal behaviour order, meaning he must not meet others charged in connection with the June party, enter the area of Lambeth and Southwark, or carry a mobile phone not registered in his or his mother’s name.
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