March again saw criminals jailed for an array of offences in south east London, as the justice systems continues its work despite lockdown.

The wide-ranging Encrochat investigation led to the conviction of a man from Beckenham.

Elsewhere, a former Bristol City footballer from Plumstead was jailed after committing a series of rapes of women he met in night clubs.

Joshua Erorh

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Drill rapper Joshua Erorh, 18, stabbed “quiet and shy” 21-year-old Ahmad Torfi twice in the chest outside After Hours takeaway, on New Cross Road, on March 14, 2020.

Erorh posted a music video boasting about the attack, referencing Ahmad's food order.

Ahmad, who worked as a steward at events including football matches and concerts, survived after paramedics performed open heart surgery on the roadside, watched by his twin brother.

But he suffered severe brain damage, and nearly a year on has never regained consciousness and remains in hospital, where his family said doctors believe he will eventually die.

Erorh, of south Essex, was found not guilty of attempted murder after a trial at Kingston Crown Court, and instead found guilty of the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment at a young offenders' institution, before he is moved to an adult prison at the age of 21.

Richard Oliffe

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Richard Oliffe, from Beckenham, was found to have used an encrypted Encrochat phone to deal cocaine and launder money "under the radar”.

The 34-year-old was caught following a world-wide crackdown after European police forces cracked the major encrypted criminal communications network.

Operation Venetic uncovered various conversations between Oliffe and other criminals facilitating the exchange of up to £50,000.

Oliffe pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and money laundering and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

Alhaji Sesay

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Former footballer Alhaji Sesay, 22, was jailed for ten years for rape and attempted rape following attacks on women he met in nightclubs.

Avon and Somerset Police said Sesay, from Greenwich, was convicted of one count of rape and two of attempted rape against two women following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The former player for Bristol City and the Sierra Leone national team, was arrested following an incident at Mbargo nightclub in Bristol on July 11 2019.

He was alleged to have trapped a woman in a toilet cubicle and attempted to rape her.

The woman managed to break free and raised the alarm with friends and door staff, resulting in Sesay being arrested.

Abubakar Lawal

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Abubakar Lawal, 32, raped a woman in his Dartford home as she screamed for help in May 2020.

Soon after she arrived, he made unwanted sexual advances and then threatened her with claims he would “find a knife.”

Fearing his behaviour, she was forced to comply with his demands.

Police received several calls from members of the public, who heard screams for help coming from the address, and Lawal was promptly detained.

Lawal denied rape, two counts of sexual assault, causing sexual activity without consent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was found guilty of each offence following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

ATM theft gang

News Shopper: Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

Six men were jailed for a conspiracy to steal over a £100,000 from ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent.

The gang, all involved in an organised crime group, tampered with the wiring of cash machines before attaching an electronic device containing malware which prompted the dispenser to hand out money.

Targeting ATMs in Northfleet, Gravesend, Colchester, Greenwich, Bromley, Barking and Basildon across early 2020, they managed to steal at least £120,000.

Petru-Giani Feraru, Razvan Danaila, Robert Danaila, Victor Camara, Ioan Constantin and Constantin Lupoaie have now been sentenced to a combined total of 13 years and seven months.