Seven men with connections to the Red Devils and Hells Angels Motorcycle Clubs were convicted yesterday of a bloody attack on members of a rival motorcycle club in Blindley Heath in November last year.
The attack happened on 7 November 2018 in an outbuilding at the Forman Club and Institute in Blindley Heath, where members of the Warg Brotherhood were joined by members of the Vikings Motorcycle Club for their weekly meeting.
Just before 19:30, thirteen figures dressed in balaclavas and dark clothing were seen on CCTV walking along the A22 towards the Forman institute. Moments later they entered the outbuilding and attacked the people inside with various weapons. At 19:32 Surrey Police received a 999 call reporting the attack, and immediately deployed.
Police arrived at the scene to find seven men with serious stab wounds and blunt force injuries, and the officers immediately started first aid. One man had been stabbed through his right arm, another had lacerations to his stomach which required bowel surgery and 29 staples, while others had bruising and stab wounds on their heads, legs and buttocks.
Surrey Police immediately started an intensive investigation, and within 24 hours Przemyslaw Korkus had been arrested in Slough by Thames Valley Police after a witness gave officers a description of the vehicle he used.
From that one arrest, officers painstakingly identified the other individuals involved by ploughing through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) information, CCTV footage and mobile phone data (call data, social media messages and cell tower mast data). Over the coming weeks another six men were identified and arrested, and evidence recovered linking the men to each other, to the attack, and to their status as members or prospective members of the Red Devils MC club and Hells Angels MC club.
All seven men pleaded not guilty to:
- 6 counts of GBH with intent (Section 18)
- 1 count of violent disorder
- 1 count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm
- 1 count of possession of an offensive weapon
- 1 count of possession of a bladed article.
After an eight week trial, a jury have found all the men were involved in the attack to some extent.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, who led the investigation said:
“This was a planned, unprovoked attack and these seven men knew what they were getting into when they met up that evening. Whilst they may try to justify their brutal actions as part of a feud with the Viking motorcycle club, and the prospect of an enhanced reputation amongst their so-called ‘brothers’, there is no excuse for this sort of gratuitous criminal violence in the UK. I hope these convictions serve as a warning to anyone who believes their loyalties to any group or gang justifies criminality or violence that we will do everything we can to disrupt and detect their activities.
I am extremely proud of the professionalism and dedication of the team that has bought this case to court. It has been a painstaking inquiry, bringing together many bits of disparate information and piecing them together to create the case that convinced this jury.
I also want to pay tribute to the witnesses who bravely stepped forward to share information, who gave evidence in court, and who have been instrumental in getting this result.”
The counts were considered as “joint enterprise” – meaning all were equally responsible.
- Counts 1-6 were 6 counts of GBH with intent (Section 18).
- Count 7 was 1 count of violent disorder.
- Count 8 was 1 count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
- Count 9 was 1 count of possession of an offensive weapon.
- Count 10 was 1 count of possession of a bladed article.
The men convicted are
- Przemyslaw Korkus, 41, of Penn Road, Slough was found guilty by unanimous verdict on all counts.
- David Jacobs, 28, of Chalfont Lane, Rickmansworth, was found guilty of by unanimous verdict on all counts.
- Bartosz Plesniak, 34, of Lancaster Avenue, Slough was found guilty by unanimous verdict on all counts.
- Ladislav Szalay, 32, of Torrington Drive, Harrow, was found guilty by unanimous verdict on all counts.
- Tamas Tomacsek, 38, of Milton Grove, Enfield, London, was found guilty by a majority 10 to 1 verdict on all counts.
- Piotr Zamijewski, 44, of Dorchester Waye, Hayes, Hillingdon, was found guilty by a majority 10 to 1 verdict on all counts.
- Jimi Kidd, 39, of Buttinghill Drive, Haywards Heath was found guilty by a majority 10 to 1 verdict of counts 1 - 8 (six charges of section 18 GBH, one charge of violent disorder and one charge of actual bodily harm). He was found not guilty of count 9 (possession of an offensive weapon) and count 10 (possession of a bladed article).
The men will be sentenced at a date to be confirmed in October.
The individual custody photos are available from the Surrey Police Media Relations Office.