…something we associate with East End villians, or the US Mafia. They make salacious reading, fill the true crime sections of bookstores, and provide the basis for many a blockbuster crime series.
The modern reality isn’t so glamorous:
When police watched horrifying CCTV footage of a young mother being shot dead, they thought it was the work of a professional hitman.
The images show how Gulistan Subasi, 26, was blasted in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun at point-blank range on her doorstep, before her killer casually strolled away without a backward glance.
But when detectives uncovered the identity of the hooded killer, they were shocked to discover that he was only 15.
It’s hard to see why they should have been so shocked. He came from a family notorious for these sorts of offences:
After a judge lifted reporting restrictions, it can be revealed that the youngster, now 16, is no stranger to violence.
Gayle’s cousin is Donnel Carty, who aged 18 stabbed City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce to death in a robbery in Kensal Green in January 2006.
Gayle’s half brother, Lloywen Carty, was part of a mob that shot dead Lee Subaran, 27, after the Notting Hill Carnival in 2004 for ‘showing disrespect’ to members of a Harlesden gang, Mus Luv Crew.
Like his relatives, Gayle carried out the murder to impress senior gang members.
Why has law and order broken down to the point that the police are totally powerless to break up these gangs? The Krays are long gone, to be replaced by…what?
Gayle and Billy hurled abuse at the jury as they were convicted at the Old Bailey. As they were led away, one of them shouted ‘****ing stitch me up and find me guilty’ and ‘**** you, you don’t know about nothing, haven’t even looked at the evidence. Idiots.’
By, it seems, people with no fear of the courts or the police, who operate openly with contempt for any consequences.
Perhaps that’s because, so often, there are none? With the state of the justice system, how long before they are out on appeal?
And I look at those mugshots, and I can’t help but think about MacPherson’s poisonous legacy for the justice system.