Who is Jerome Jones? | The Sun

JEROME Jones is a rapper and alleged member of Birmingham's Guns and Money Gang.

He has been convicted of drug-related crimes and recently took Birmingham City Council to the Supreme Court, accusing them of human rights violations.

Who is Jerome Jones?

Jerome Jones in an alleged gang member found by a court to have been involved in drug-dealing.

He was convicted at Swansea Magistrates Court in May 2018 for possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply and sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Jones was also one of almost 20 men who were hit with injunctions in 2017.

In a landmark ruling, believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever brought, eighteen men were banned from parts of Birmingham.

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They were also prohibited from taking part in music videos linked to gang-related violence.

The action was taken after around 20 gun offences involving gangs in Birmingham during the summer of 2015 and the start of 2016.

In 2018, Jones took his case to the Court of Appeal, claiming his human rights had been violated.

His lawyers said he had effectively been condemned as a criminal, although that had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt.

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Appeal Court judges upheld the anti-gang injunction he was hit with and rejected the complaints.

Sir Brian Leveson said at the time: "Gang-related violence and the resulting public disorder have become a scourge which affects many cities.

"Parliament was entitled to address the very real social harm which gangs and other anti-social behaviour have been inflicting on society."

In May 2022 Jones challenged the injunction again and his lawyers won an appeal to the Supreme Court – the highest court in the UK. 

The hearing took place on January 30 and 31, 2023, with the judgement upholding the Appeal Court's decision.

What is the Johnson Crew?

The Johnson Crew is a notorious Birmingham gang.

The Guns and Money gang aligned itself with the Johnson Crew in its running battle with the Burger Bar gang.

Twenty shootings from mid-2015 onwards were linked to the feud between the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson Crew, who have been postcode rivals since the 1980s.

That rivalry also caused the infamous January 2003 murder of Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis.

What happened to Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare?

Friends Charlene Ellis, 18, and Letisha Shakespeare, 17, died in a bungled drive-by shooting as they left a party in the early hours of January 2, 2003.

Four of their killers were jailed for life.

Charlene's twin Sophie survived despite being struck in the crossfire in Aston, Birmingham.

The twins' cousin Cheryl Shaw, then 17, was also injured.

Charlene and Letisha were struck by bullets from a MAC-10 machine-gun capable of firing 1,000 rounds a minute.

Assassins were targeting Jermaine Carty, part of the Johnson Crew, who had provoked the fury of bitter rivals, The Burger Bar Boys.

There is no evidence that Jerome Jones was involved in these murders. 

In 2005 killers Marcus Ellis, 24 — a distant relative of Charlene — and Michael Gregory, 23, of Birmingham, plus Nathan Martin, 26, and Rodrigo Simms, 20, of Smethwick, were given life with a minimum of 35 years.

Sophie told The Sun in 2023: "There were more people involved and they haven't faced justice.

"Witnesses never came forward because of a mix of fear of their lives and not trusting the police.

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"I'm disappointed more never came forward."

"But they should realise that the police made sure the so-called untouchable were touched."

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