Southsea teen convicted of violent disorder

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A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been found guilty of violent disorder for his role in a mass brawl between two rival gangs.

The teenager, from the Portsmouth area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had denied committing the crime with his involvement in a punch-up in Somers Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth. But a 12-strong jury at Portsmouth Crown Court found the him guilty following a trial.

Meanwhile co-defendants Fahim Ahmed, 19, of Earlsdon Street, Southsea, and Rezaul Laskar, 31, of St James’ Road, Southsea were each cleared of a charge of violent disorder in relation to the fight, which happened shortly before 2pm on May 30 last year.

It is not known how it started but the brawl involved more than a dozen people.

The jury found Mainul Alom, 35, of Belmont Street, Southsea, and Ariful Laskar, 23, of Malta Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, not guilty of violent disorder.

But the pair were each convicted of a lesser public order offence of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The 16-year-old, Alom and Ariful Laskar were bailed by Judge Ian Pearson to reappear at Portsmouth Crown Court for sentencing this month.