'Thug' jailed for rampage in Ealing during riots

Sabaoon Hillaman
Image caption Sabaoon Hillaman was part of a group that set fire to cars and smashed up businesses

A man who went on a rampage during the summer riots has been jailed.

Sabaoon Hillaman was part of a group that set fire to two cars, smashed up businesses and looted shops in Ealing, west London, Scotland Yard said.

The 23-year-old, of Ruislip Road, Greenford, London, was jailed for three and a half years at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday.

The offences were committed on Monday, 8 August as violent disorder spread throughout the capital.

This followed the fatal shooting of a man by police in Tottenham on Thursday, 4 August.

Distinctive clothes

Hillaman, who at the time was on bail after admitting a "substantial fraud", was spotted on CCTV wearing distinctive clothes while he committed the offences, a force spokeswoman said.

At one point Hillaman was seen to grab a fire extinguisher and throw it at the window of a Big Jim's Trims barber shop.

He then repeatedly kicked the window, causing £3,000 damage, the spokeswoman said.

Sgt Robin Dodd, from Ealing Police, said: "In interview Hillaman could offer no explanation as to why he had committed these offences.

"I, along with the rest of the community in Ealing, cannot comprehend what has led to this behaviour.

"Today's conviction shows that our community will not tolerate such behaviour, and that the full force of the law will be brought to bear on thugs like Hillaman."

Hillaman, an Afghan national, was sentenced to three years for arson and six months for criminal damage, to run consecutively, and to two years for violent disorder to run concurrently.

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