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Who is Argjend Canaku? Bare-chested Albanian is jailed for 22 months for attacking men with baseball bat

Who is Argjend Canaku? Bare-chested Albanian is jailed for 22 months for attacking men with baseball bat

This is the point at which a man stormed into a store, brandishing a baseball bat, and attacked a group of men.

CCTV footage of the incident ‘told a terrible story,’ according to Argjend Canaku, 23, who was convicted of the attack.

Mr Recorder John Bate-Williams said the August 14 assault in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, was linked to the city’s “despicable drugs trade.”

Who is Argjend Canaku? Bare-chested Albanian is jailed for 22 months for attacking men with baseball bat

Canaku allegedly chased a group of men around a corner shop with a baseball bat and a knife. As the gang entered the store, the footage showed a woman pushing a pram past it.

The target who was chased through the store was said to have attacked Canaku, according to evidence presented at Oxford Crown Court.

The judge – who heard Canaku had previously been arrested for offences of drugs and violence but never charged – rejected his more innocent explanations.

He said: ‘This appears to me to be a series of very violent offences connected with the despicable drugs trade here in Oxford.

‘You were part of a group carrying out a brazen, clearly targeted attack on one or more of the men who had been outside the store.

‘You were an active member of the gang, playing an important role. The one carrying not only a baseball bat but a knife, each capable of inflicting terrible, potentially fatal injuries.’

Canaku, of no fixed address, admitted violent disorder, possession of a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon.

As an act of mercy to her client, Samantha Giffin, who had no previous convictions, she asked for a community penalty or a suspended sentence.

Who is Argjend Canaku? Bare-chested Albanian is jailed for 22 months for attacking men with baseball bat

Canaku had a traumatic childhood in his native Albania, where his police officer father was murdered, according to the court.

He had briefly stayed with an older man after seeking asylum in the UK before being housed by children’s social services. He had dropped out of school with no formal qualifications.

Mr. Recorder Bate-Williams stated that he was unable to impose anything other than a prison sentence of immediate incarceration.

He asked what message it would send to those involved in the ‘despicable drugs trade in Oxford’ if such ‘violent attacks’ did not carry a prison sentence.

Sending him down for 22 months, the judge said of the CCTV: ‘There is an expression, “every picture tells a story”. That film told a terrible story.’

source:summarybio.com