The Attorney General has been asked to review whether a sentence handed to two teens who committed a gunpoint robbery and took police on a 100mph chase through Manchester was 'unduly lenient'.

Derick Dapaah and Samuel Mozimbi, both aged 18, were spared custody despite admitting a string of robbery, driving and firearms offences at Manchester Crown Court last week.

Judge Sarah Johnston heard Dapaah had already served 10 months in custody because he committed a second robbery while on bail.

Sentencing both defendants to Youth Referall Orders she conceded some might view her approach as 'lenient' but said the court's priority had to be 'preventing future offending.'

Samuel Mozimbi

The court was told the defendants had shown progress working with the Youth Justice Service since their offending in May and December last year.

Judge Johnston said all the defendants, including three youths aged 15 and 16 who were involved in the second robbery, had come from 'traumatic' backgrounds.

However, the Manchester Evening News can reveal that the Attorney General's office has since received a request for the sentences to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

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A spokesperson said: “We have received a request for the sentences of Dapaah and Mozimbi to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

"The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision."

The gun turned out to be a gas-powered pistol, the court heard

If the Attorney General's office believe the referral has merit, they can take the case to the Court of Appeal who can quash Judge Johnston's decision and impose a harsher sentence.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Dapaah and Mozimbi lured two victims into a robbery with the promise of buying a watch near Crowcroft Park in Levenshulme.

They stole clothing and valuables from the victims, aged 17 and 18, and the keys to a silver VW Golf they had arrived in, the court heard.

Mozimbi held one of the victims at knifepoint, the court heard

The victims dialled 999 and with the streets relatively empty due to the coronavirus lockdown, armed police on routine patrol spotted the stolen Golf a short time later.

A pursuit began and Dapaah embarked on a 'prolonged course of high-risk, dangerous' driving from the city centre towards south Manchester reaching speeds of 100mph, travelling on the wrong side of the road and racing through several red lights.

The chase came to a dramatic conclusion when the Golf crashed on the A6 in Longsight and the two teens were arrested at gunpoint by armed police.

An investigation by GMP's anti-robbery unit Operation Valiant pieced together how Dapaah, who had a pervious conviction for robbery, had set up the crime.

Firearms police on patrol spotted the stolen Golf and gave chase through the streets of Manchester

The pair were charged with a string of offences including firearms and driving charges.

Due to their age, both were only 16 at the time, Dapaah and Mozimbi were granted bail.

Dapaah then committed yet another nasty robbery in Levenshulme only months later in December 2020.

A student was robbed of his new Apple laptop and bank cards which were used to withdraw more than £400 in cash.

The victim was 'toyed with' by Dapaah and three other youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for a significant period of time, the court heard.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Leon Cawley-Bowyer, of GMP's Operation Valiant, said: "This pair had absolutely no regard for the safety of others, they threatened their victims with extreme violence before driving dangerously and at excessive speed through residential areas which could have easily resulted in catastrophic consequences for innocent members of the public."

The teens were arrested at gunpoint by firearms cops

"Although it was later discovered that the firearm was an imitation firearm, the victims would not have known this at the time. I cannot begin to imagine how terrifying this ordeal must have been for the victims who were subjected to a very real threat of violence.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the firearms officers who expertly pursued the car and arrested the suspects with no injury caused, and would like to reinforce the message that this behaviour is completely unacceptable and that the Operation Valiant team will continue to pursue criminals of this kind and ensure they face the consequences of their actions."