"Artist" Jailed for Kidnap and Torture of Teen
Five members of a notorious London gang have been handed jail sentences for the kidnapping and torture of a 16-year-old boy.
Drill music artist Isaac Donkoh, 22, and gang member, Donkoh and his fellow gang members met their 16-year-old child victim on the night of August 2nd last year in east London.
The defendants pulled up in a dark blue Ford Mondeo and threatened their victim with a machete, punched him in the head, and forced him to get into the car.
According to a police statement recounting the case they then secured plastic bags over the 16-year-old’s head with an elastic band, before driving him to the home of one of the 14-year-old defendants.
“I thought they were probably gonna kill me,” the victim told to the court.
The 16-year-old had been held at the London address for around two hours, and was forced to strip naked and then beat with a metal pole.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim McKee, who led the investigation said: “Whilst the physical scars of that night have started to heal, I believe the psychological impact on the victim has been lasting.
“I believe that removing Donkoh from the streets of Newham has done a great deal to reduce serious violence in the borough, as we identified a direct correlation between his drill videos which glorified violence and shootings and stabbings on the streets,” he added.
Donkoh fronted drill music videos for his gang which goaded rivals and recruited children to commit serious violence. Drill music has been blamed for the rise in gang violence in London and other urban areas.