A DRILL rapper who breached an anti-gang injunction by appearing in an online music video has been jailed.
Sahin ‘SJ’ Korta-Haupt, 19, is a member of the notorious Essex gang C17 which had an injunction levied against them last year.
The court order bans gang members from large parts of Thurrock, and restricts certain behaviour — including appearing in any video that is threatening, abusive or incites violence.
However Korta-Haupt appeared in a drill music video with violent lyrics which was posted on YouTube on June 30 and made extensive references to gang affiliations and C17.
Korta-Haupt, originally from Gillingham, Kent, also breached a condition banning him from congregating in a public place in a group of two or more where the group was behaving in a way likely to make a person feel intimidated or afraid for their safety.
The young gang member was wearing a hooded top and associating with another gang member in a public place in the video, which also breached the court order.
He was arrested on Friday, October 11, and sentenced to 129 days in a young offender institution at Chelmsford County Court. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs.
C17 has been plaguing the streets of Thurrock for a couple of years, and the gang is reportedly responsible for a number of stabbings, acid attacks and sexual assaults.
The group are known to have links to notorious south London gang 410, often using drill music to flaunt their criminal lifestyle and fuel tensions with rival gangs.
Police believe that most members of the gang are aged between 14 and 15 years old, with the youngest member believed to be just 13.
Korta-Haupt is not the first C17 member to be locked up for appearing in a drill video.
The gang’s leader, 19-year-old Roland Douherty, was jailed for 19 weeks last month after appearing in a music video rapping about dealing drugs, carrying weapons and ‘pulling the trigger twice on a gun’.
PC Jonathan Kemp, of Essex Police’s Operation Raptor team, said: ‘We will continue to enforce the injunction, which we worked with the support of our partners to secure.
‘We will do everything we can to prevent the further exploitation of young people who have been lured into the gang lifestyle with misleading promises of a glamorous lifestyle.
‘Violent drill videos only serve to fuel those misleading impressions of gang life.
‘The reality is that young people — especially those who are vulnerable — will be at risk of violence, crime and exploitation.’