Case: Teenager died in crash: Nassem Galleze
Nassem Galleze
Gary Brown
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Nassem Galleze, 17, died in a car crash during gang violence in Brockley on 26 September 2015.

He was travelling with two friends through the Turnham Estate when their Vauxhall Corsa came under attack by youths wielding sticks and knives.

As the car drove out of the estate a lump of concrete was thrown, smashing the windscreen.

The Corsa collided with a lamppost as it headed north up St Norbert Road towards Loampit Vale.

Police were called to the scene at 3.12pm and Nassem was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Nassem, a student from Bromley, died at 5.23pm and a postmortem found the cause of death was multiple injuries consistent with a road traffic collision.

On 15 April 2016 Shiloh Moore, 22 (08.04.94) of Elmbridge Walk, Blackstone Estate, Hackney; and Remi Moore, 23 (23.03.93) of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, were both jailed for three years and four months after pleading guilty to violent disorder relating to their role in the attack on the car.

One of the passengers in the car, Tersham Thompson Williams, 22 (17.03.94) of Seagar Place, Lewisham, was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting possession of a machete.

On 20 June 2017 the driver of the car, Gary Brown, 22 (11.10.94), of Larkbere Road, Sydenham, went on trial at the Old Bailey for causing Nassem's death by dangerous driving. He was convicted on 29 June 2017 and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment on 31 August 2017.

The court heard Brown deliberately drove past a rival group of youths from the Turnham Road Gang three times during the confrontation. Brown was said to be associated with members of the 'Splash Gang'.

On the third trip down Frendsbury Road he was speeding at up to 60mph when the concrete block was thrown at the windscreen.

Brown did not have a driving licence or insurance at the time of the crash. He claimed he was forced to drive at high speed to avoid being attacked by the gang.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC said: 'I do regard the events of 26 September as gang-related. It does not mean that he (Brown) was in a gang but I have no doubt it was gang related.

'London gangs are notoriously postcode based. From the evidence I have heard, no other interpretation is possible other than those or some of those in the car and the street were in some way rivals or enemies.

'I have no doubt he is very, very sorry for killing his best friend. He had no insurance, no license, and no experience beyond one driving lesson with his step-father.'

During early police appeals, Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said police were still trying to identify the person who threw the concrete block.

DCI McHugh said: "Nassem's death was gang-related and remains under investigation.

"We are pleased we have been able to hold to account some of those involved that day. Their reckless actions had tragic consequences and Nassem's family remain devastated by what happened.

"Our enquiries continue to identify the person who threw the concrete block and we would appeal for anyone with information, no matter now small, to contact us in confidence. As can been seen from today's convictions, we are determined to seek out and bring to justice all those who took part in this dreadful incident."

Nassem's father said in a statement: 'I am numb with pain. Every time my phone rings or there's knock at the door, I pray it is Nassem. Our beloved Nassem's life has been brutally ended and my family are devastated.

"People will have seen what happened and they will have heard things; you might be thinking do I talk to the police? Take a look at the car where my son died and you know there's only one thing to do for Nassem and our family. Please assist the police."

Anyone who can help should contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The Telegraph Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 020 8721 2722.

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