ASBO brothers jailed for shocking machete attacks ‘for sport’
Two brothers who were among the first to receive Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) for beating people with machetes “for sport” have now been jailed. Tyler Williams, 33, Shamen Williams, 30, and Brandon Williams, 24 engaged in acts of violence without any apparent motivation on the evening of March 4, 2021, targeting people on the street with machetes during an hour-long spree, according to Maidstone Crown Court.
Shamen assaulted a woman who was parked near a shop in Gillingham, Kent, injuring her face and head, while Tyler destroyed her vehicle.
Tyler also used a machete to threaten another man and chased him down the street.
The Mirror reported then, at around 10.55pm in Chatham, three men were attacked.
One needed hospital treatment in London for multiple injuries to his face, shoulder and back by Shamen with a machete, while another was taken to a local hospital.
Although Tyler was unarmed on this occasion and did not inflict any of the wounds himself, he was said to have encouraged Shamen, urging ‘Go on, do him’.
Tyler, 33, was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years’ in prison while Shamen, 30, whose Facebook profile describes him as a ‘full time scumbag’, was also ordered to be locked up for 13 years at an earlier hearing on March 31.
Passing sentence on Tyler, who also has a previous conviction for assaulting a prison guard in 2020, Judge Lazarus said he needed to ‘re-evaluate his attitude’.
Ordering that a copy of his sentencing remarks be given to Tyler, he added: “He has demonstrated scant regard for the court and individuals in authority. He has repeatedly not cooperated with the court and frequently refused to attend, including today.
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“There has been non-cooperation with probation and refused to attend two appointments for the purpose of a pre-sentence report, and that leads me to believe there is a poor prospect of rehabilitation.
“No motive for the violence has been identified. Although the sport-like bragging came from Shamen, I am left to conclude that Tyler too was engaged in violence for fun or sport.
“When he gave evidence during the trial, what was plain to anyone observing Tyler is that he is considerably more intelligent than his two brothers and clearly able to demonstrate insight into his offending behaviour.
“But he seriously needs to re-evaluate his attitude. I know he has the intelligence and ability to change, and I would warn him he is moving perilously close to a life sentence if he commits further offences of violence.”
Brandon was jailed for 18 months for his involvement in the two incidents at another hearing in December 2022 but due to time spent on remand has already been released.
The decision was also made to sentence the pair via prison video link rather than having them appear in person.
But neither was present to learn their fate as Tyler refused to leave his cell at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, and Shamen walked out of the prison link room at nearby HMP Elmley midway through his hearing.
Tyler, of Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, was subsequently convicted of two offences of affray, possessing a bladed article, criminal damage, wounding with intent, and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Shamen, of Tupman Close, Rochester, Kent, was convicted of two offences of affray, two of possessing a bladed article, assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, wounding with intent and attempted wounding with intent.
Brandon, formerly from Folkestone, Kent, but now believed to have moved out of the county, was convicted of two offences of affray.
Their previous offending has included attacking victims with their Pitbull crossbreed dogs as well as a clawhammer, but their latest crimes, committed while on licence from prison sentences handed down in 2018, were said by Judge Lazarus to reflect ‘a step-up’ in their antisocial conduct.
He warned that the elder two brothers faced life sentences if they came before the courts for similar behaviour in the future.
But he also said mitigation could be found in their ‘significantly dysfunctional upbringing and childhood’.
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