A drive-by killing and a takeaway shooting in broad daylight have been linked to the B19 gang – with six members of the group thrown behind bars in the past month.
Four men will spend a minimum total of 113 years in prison after they were involved in the plot to “execute” Dante Mullings in a cold-blooded drive-by killing – all before resuming their ‘daily lives’.
Ihsaann Bernard and Omarni Bernard-Sewell – described as ‘driving forces’ behind the gang – were jailed for life after the ‘revenge’ killing alongside two others, Dior Jackson and Ayuub Mahmoud last week.
They were part of a conspiracy involving sending a car on a ‘mission to kill’, the court heard, before the motor was torched when the professionally planned execution was complete.
In a separate incident, two teenagers who blasted a deadly pistol into a DFC takeaway in a warning to a rival gang are also behind bars after they were jailed over a ‘postcode battle’ shooting last month.
Adonijah Stewart, 18 and Dahmileon Allen, 19, were instructed to do the ‘bidding’ of senior B19 gang members before returning the modified gun to them for future use, their court hearing was told.
Both were jailed for over five years each as the judge said: “It is the youngest members of the gang that have to do the dirty work… there must be a deterrent”.
Judge Martin Hurst also told them it was their ‘choice’ to break away from the clutches of the gang, once released from prison.
Below we have detailed the prison sentences handed to each of the six members after they were revealed as being linked to the city gang at court.
Adonijah Stewart, then 17, opened fire into an alleyway and a DFC takeaway in a broad daylight attack on a rival gang in Rookery Road, Handsworth during the first lockdown in April last year.
Dramatic scenes caught on CCTV captured Stewart, alongside Dahmileon Allen and a third mystery gunman, storming across the road and between traffic armed with modified pistols.
Brandishing the firearms, likely passed on by ‘senior’ gang members who instructed them to do their ‘bidding’, the teens shot at between five or six rivals.
Terrified customers and takeaway staff were sent fleeing, with others seen scrambling over the counter in a desperate attempt to dodge the deadly gunfire.
Stewart’s catalogue of previous offences were detailed to the court – ranging from possession of a knife and attempted robbery when he was just 14, to possession of crack cocaine and battery in his later teens.
His defence argued he had been, and was being at the time of the offence, ‘exploited’ by the gang.
Defending Stewart, Balbir Singh said: “Back in June last year, and it seems even earlier, a senior social worker had grave concerns about the particular company he was keeping and that, not only was he heavily under the influence of others, but he thought he was being exploited.
“When you have those pressures upon you at such a young age, it does reduce the culpability.
“He was identified and arrested easily. He is not that sophisticated or clever. He has demonstrated remorse and regret and wishes he could turn back time.”
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He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at previous hearings and was jailed for five years and eight months in March this year.
Sentencing Stewart, Judge Martin Hurst said: “The facts are disturbing, though tragically not unfamiliar.
“A large part of this was captured on CCTV, anyone who saw it would be genuinely terrified. They were not imitation firearms, they were genuine.
“There is no distinction between the two of you [Stewart and Allen].
“It is the youngest members of the gang that have to do the dirty work. There has to be a sentence which involves a level of deterrent.”
Dahmileon Allen, then 18, followed closely behind Allen during the lockdown shooting at DFC in Handsworth last year.
Peter McCartney, prosecuting, told the same court hearing: “Mr Stewart led the way alone, followed closely behind by Mr Allen.
“Mr Allen had run from the Peugeot, his aim was first concentrated on those fleeing down the alleyway. Smoke can be seen on the footage and so was the kickback of the discharge.
“There was a high risk of serious disorder as there was a possibility of retaliation from the other gang. The ammunition was modified to make it more dangerous.”
Allen’s defence solicitor suggested the B19 senior gang members ‘care very little’ about the young ages of the teenage pair.
Richard Butcher, defending Allen, said: “I would suggest those gang members care very little about the actual age of those who they send out to do their bidding.
“Age does not play a part in the offending. They are two young men sent out to do the bidding of others and they must suffer the consequences.”
Mr Butcher said Allen understood the sentence had to be a deterrent, adding that otherwise “there would be chaos on the streets of Birmingham”.
“He wants to start taking courses in prison,” he said.
“He is, for once, completely motivated. He has the support of his girlfriend and mother,” he continued.
And jailing Allen to five years and eight months in prison, Judge Martin Hurst said: “This was a gang attack. You were driven to the scene into Handsworth where rivals live.
“This was a postcode gang battle. Upon arrival where the DFC chicken shop is you both got out of the car with self-loading pistols before advancing in a terrifying fashion.
“One discharged into an alley and one into DFC. Upon arrest you made no comment. I conclude you are a dangerous offender. You do pose a significant risk of causing serious harm to others.
“If you come out of prison and go back to the gang, every day you are in a gang, you will remain a substantial threat of being murdered.
“There are people who love you and want you to break away from that, it’s your choice. Only you can do it.”
Both Allen, of Mere Road in Erdington, and Stewart will remain on licence for four years after they are released, meaning they will be recalled to prison if they commit another offence during that period.
Ihsaann Bernard had been one of the “driving forces” behind the B19 gang before he was jailed for life over the ‘cold-blooded’ murder of Dante Mullings.
The 21-year-old, of Anerley Road, Kingstanding, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder and also conspiracy to possess a firearm after the killing on May 7, 2019.
A black Volkswagen Passat had pulled up alongside a Vauxhall Corsa on St Vincent Street, Ladywood, just yards away from St Peter’s Academy primary school.
The Passat positioned itself passenger door to passenger door and then a person inside the Passat opened fire at the occupants of the Corsa.
At least eight shots were fired in quick succession with Mr Mullings, who had been in the front passenger seat, dying at the scene from wounds to his back.
A second young man had a bullet removed from his temple and a third man had a bullet in his buttock.
The court was told that the fact that only one person died was pure chance and that it could easily have been a triple murder.
Another man who had been in the Corsa had got out moments earlier and avoided the spray of bullets.
The Passat, which sped off and which was on false plates, fitted earlier that day, was set ablaze to avoid any forensic evidence.
The day before the shooting some of the defendants had gone to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where a man linked to the B19 gang, Kimani Shaw, was fighting for his life after a stabbing.
Andrew Fisher QC told the court there was nothing recorded against Bernard in relation to gang or criminal activity since he was 16 and his role was to drop Jackson off to pick up the Passat.
Judge Francis Laird QC passed minimum terms of 29 years on Bernard.
Omarni Bernard-Sewell, 25, had also been a “driving force” for the same gang before he was thrown behind bars at court last week.
Bernard-Sewell, of no fixed address, was convicted of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to possess a firearm after the Dante Mullings murder in broad daylight.
Defending him, Mark Heywood QC told the court: “It has not been suggested he was in the car when it was disguised and sent off on its mission to kill.”
He was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum term of 29 years for his role in the drive-by “execution”.
Dior Jackson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Dante Mullings at the same court hearing.
Though Michael Borrelli QC, defending Jackson, said there was no evidence he was part of a street gang, the judge said all four were ‘closely linked to the urban street gang B19’.
The 22-year-old, of Wadington Avenue, Great Barr, was also convicted of conspiracy to possess a firearm.
He will serve 29 years in prison before he is considered for release.
Ayuub Mahmoud, 19, of Lozells Street, Lozells, was also found guilty of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to possess a firearm between the same dates.
Mahmoud was also found guilty of possessing a self-loading pistol with intent to endanger life.
Edmund Vickers QC, for Mahmoud, said he had become associated with an urban street gang but played a subordinate role.
Judge Francis Laird QC passed minimum terms of 26 years on Mahmoud before he could be considered for release.
Speaking as all four were sentenced to life, Mr Mulling’s sister Danielle Mullings told the court: “On May 7, 2019 our lives changed forever. There are no words to grasp the darkness I feel daily.
“They have subjected all of us to a life of complete anguish. He had the most infectious laugh and truly enjoyed life and was so cruelly robbed of it so violently. The world lost a bright light on May 7.”