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Denzel Sasa and Levi Ingram jailed for corner shop raid

Two robbers, including a boy of 16, have been given custodial sentences after holding a gun to the head of a shopkeeper in north London.

Denzel Sasa, of Bouverie Road in Stoke Newington, north London, received a six-year sentence after raiding the Gonca supermarket on Blackstock Road.

Levi Ingram, 20, of no fixed address, was jailed for nine years.

Both admitted robbery, attempted robbery, wounding with intent and possessing an imitation firearm.

They were sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court, central London.

'Lucky escape'

CCTV footage of the raid, which took place on 21 December, showed Sasa with a long knife and Ingram with a gun.

Sasa was seen repeatedly trying to stab the 46-year-old shopkeeper, while Ingram pistol-whipped the owner's 25-year-old son.

The victims fought off their attackers, however, and escaped with cuts and bruises which required hospital treatment.

Det Con Dawn Bolitho from the Metropolitan Police said Ingram and Sasa "had no hesitation in using extreme violence".

"I have no doubt they would have continued targeting similar premises had they not been caught," she added.

"It's very lucky the shopkeeper and his son were not seriously injured."

Sasa was arrested in February in connection with the attack, while Ingram was held in April after the BBC's Crimewatch programme featured the case.

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