UK rappers in jail

By Jasmine Wing

“penitentiary”

A prison, penitentiary, or correctional facility is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms.

Crazy Titch 2005 – Present

Who: Carl Dobson aka U.K Rapper – Crazy Titch
What: currently serving a life sentence for murder
Where: high security HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire
Why: for the murder of 21-year-old Richard Holmes on the Chingford Hall estate in Chingford in November 2005
Birthday: 31 January 1983

Crazy Titch, Stormzy’s friend from Plaistow, East London, was sentenced to life in 2005 along with him stepfather Anthony Green, his half brother Durrty Goodz acquitted in the same trial and released a song about its events entitled Letter 2 Titch in 2007. He was imprisoned for the murder of 21-year-old Richard Holmes on the Chingford Hall estate in Chingford. If he is granted parole he will be in his 50’s. Titch recently appeared on an interlude on Stormzy’s album Gang Signs & Prayer, talking to Stormzy over the phone. As a teenager Dobson spent five years in Aylesbury Young Offender Institution and Feltham Young Offender Institution for robbery, handling stolen goods, theft, burglary and criminal damage.

Mover – 2015 – present

Who: Terngu Agera aka Mover
What: was jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years
Where: HMP Belmarsh
Why: for the murder of Zydrunas Laurinavicius

Mover along with associate Stephen Lansana, were sentenced in 2015 to life in prison for the murder of Mr Laurinavicius, from Lithuania, who they attacked on Parson Street, in Hendon, on 3 July 2015. Mover from Custom House, East London released a mixtape ‘Exit Wounds’ in 2017.

DVS 2017 – present

Who: Courtney Hutchinson aka DVS
What: sentenced to 23 years
Where: Unknown
Why: for false imprisonment and rape after he kidnapped and tortured a 20-year-old woman for three days

DVS, from Brixton, south London, was arrested in 5th February 2016. On Monday Jan. 9 2017 he received 23 years in prison during his sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London. The rapper had starred in the 2016 film The Intent, which featured Krept & Konan and Fekky.
Some of his victim’s injuries reported by the Metropolitan Police included severe burns from a hot iron, a fractured eye socket, broken nose, dislocated shoulder and a stab wound to the hand. The 20-year-old women had gone round to his flat in Newham, near London City Airport. In 2007 he stood trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of Jamaican Gary Guthrie, 35, who was shot dead outside the Starlight Rooms nightclub in Streatham. Junior Cameron, 27, was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey for the murder of Gary Guthrie. DVS will also remain on the sex offenders register for life.

Reekz MB January 2018 – present

Who: Richard Ojo aka Reekz MB
What: was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment
When: January 2018
Where: Unknown
Why: found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to rob in October 2017
Birthday: 8th February 1991

Reekz was among three men who were jailed for a combined total of 39 years as a result of an investigation known as ‘Operation Esyia’ led by a new detective team in the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command.

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Akelle Charles July 2017 – Present

Who: Akelle Shemai Charles
What: has been jailed for four years
When: January 2016
Where: Unknown
Why: for violent disorder
Birthday: 8th February 1991

Akelle Charles, the brother of singer-songwriter Angel, part of the trio WSTRN from West London was jailed for four years for violent behaviour, he was cleared of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He was among a group of five men who kicked down the door of the flat before threatening the occupants at around 8pm on January 11 last year. They were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday July 26 2017. WSTRN reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart with their debut single In2 in October 2015.

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