Day: October 14, 2017


The world’s dumbest criminal was caught when police heard his desperate cries for help and found him prostrate at the bottom of a flight of steps in the house he was trying to rob.

Michael Lebon lay helpless for hours after he fell down a flight of stairs and broke his arm during a botched break-in.

Lebon, 46, was also suffering pain in his right hip and thigh after plunging down the stairs and into the walled loading area of Sports Direct in Gloucester.

Gloucester Crown Court heard police were called after the shop’s alarm went off but found no sign of any intruder and thought he’d made a clean getaway. They drove off, leaving one officer at the scene to await shop staff and board up a shattered window.

It was only after the widow was fixed and the police officer was leaving that he heard faint cries for help from the rear of the building. Shining his torch into a dark basement courtyard loading area with 20ft high walls, the officer was amazed to find Lebon, of Stanley Cottages, Stroud Road, lying there.

He was arrested and taken straight to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment. He pleaded guilty to raiding the shop in Northgate Street, Gloucester, on April 28 and also admitted breaking into the Holland and Barrett shop in Eastgate Street with intent to steal on the same night.

The court also heard he broke into Doctor’s pub in Eastgate Street on June 12 having been caught on CCTV removing a giant TV from the wall and struggling to get it out of a window he had broken. He had tried to rob Sports Direct (Picture: Wessex News Agency) Lebon left the TV behind but then went out through a door that he could easily have got the TV through. He was caught because his blood was found at the scene and matched his DNA.

Lebon also admitted an offence of having a knife in public in Finlay Road, Gloucester. He was jailed for a total of 19 and a half months. Jeremy Corbyn accuses the Government of failing the country over Brexit

Prosecutor Janine Wood said £546.61 was found on him. The shop manager estimated £1,259.27 had been stolen but the rest of the money had never been found and it was possible it was still somewhere in the roof area of the building. Lebon has a prolific record of previous offending – 37 convictions for a total of 122 offences. Sarah Jenkins, defending, said his memory of the offences was not very clear.





A man who stabbed a father to death in a busy high street while his young daughter was in a nearby shop has today been jailed.

Abraham Omotoso, 27 , of Tudor Gardens, Harrow, was handed an 18-year prison sentence on Friday, 13 October, following a two-week trial, where he was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

He was found not guilty of murder.

Omotosho stabbed 34-year-old Mohamed Al-Zufairi, a father-of-two from Harrow on High Street in Wealdstone on 27 February.

Police were called and the victim was taken to a central London hospital by the London Ambulance Service but despite the best efforts of medical staff and extensive surgery, he was pronounced dead.

Mohamed’s daughter did not witness the incident.

The following day, police were notified that the suspect could have been someone by the name of Femi Omotoso. He was later arrested on the suspicion of murder under the name of Abraham Omotoso at Gatwick airport having just purchased a one-way ticket to Nigeria with cash.

Detectives believe the motive for the attack was an ongoing feud between the victim’s brothers and Omotoso’s brother and friends.

Detective Inspector Jon Meager, the investigating officer from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a brutal attack in a busy high street which resulted in a young father losing his life. While his daughter did not witness the assault, it is something that is undoubtedly going to affect her for life.

“Omotoso has shown no remorse for his actions on that day. I hope his conviction gives Mohamed’s family a measure of closure and comfort.”


In a statement, Mohamed’s brother Jafar said: “Mohamed was a family man, his family came first. I still can not really believe what has happened to Mohamed, the constant grief just gets worse. It’s like a massive hole just suddenly appeared in our family, our big brother was there one minute and suddenly he was snatched away. None of us can get a grasp of or understand. It makes it so much worse that we know that he was killed.

“I think it has hit his daughter the hardest. She did not see her dad being stabbed, but was with him. She walked to the local shops to get some sweets with her dad and returned home without him. She was the last one with, holding his hand as she says ‘Daddy never came home with me’.

“Our lives will never be the same, they have been scarred.”