ST LEONARDS, Sussex– Four individuals involved in a reported shooting incident in St Leonards have been sentenced for their respective roles.
Jackson-Lee Scriven (23), Cornel Florea (21), Hayden Inglis (29), and Robert Murphy (34) approached a vehicle outside a gym in Theaklen Drive, St Leonards.
The group surrounded the vehicle, which eventually drove away from the scene. Witnesses observed and heard shots being fired at the vehicle during the incident.
One of the men surrounding the vehicle was seen with a knife, which belonged to a victim unrelated to the assailants.
It was later revealed that the shots were fired from an imitation firearm. Police promptly responded to the incident, and armed response officers were dispatched to the area.
The four suspects were traced to a nearby location at Churchill Court in Stonehouse Drive.
Surveillance footage confirmed that the group had returned to the address after the incident. Upon searching the premises, law enforcement discovered the imitation firearm and a knife, leading to the arrest of the four men who were subsequently charged.
Jackson-Lee Scriven, Cornel Florea, Hayden Inglis, and Robert Murphy appeared at Lewes Crown Court on May 24, where they admitted to the charges brought against them.
Scriven was charged with affray and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Florea was charged with affray and possession of a bladed article.
Inglis faced charges of affray and possession of a bladed article, while Murphy was charged with affray.
During the court proceedings, Robert Murphy received a 20-month suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
Following the case, Superintendent Adam Hays expressed his thoughts, stating that the incident was concerning as innocent individuals were threatened while leaving a gym. He highlighted the rapid response by the police to ensure the safety of the public and apprehend those involved.
Superintendent Hays expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the case, emphasizing that violent and threatening behavior will not be tolerated in the community.
He further added that the successful prosecution of these individuals demonstrates their commitment to removing dangerous individuals from the streets.