Teenager who was jailed for 17 years for the UK’s first acid killing is ‘member of a notorious drill gang’ who ‘rolled around estates with a machine gun’
- Xeneral Webster, 19, admitted manslaughter of mother-of-three Joanne Rand, 47
- A source said he carried a machine gun and belonged to the drill gang 12 World
- The West London-based gang has a long-running feud with the rival 1011 gang
Xeneral Webster, 19, admitted the manslaughter of Joanne Rand after the 47-year-old carer was hit by high-strength sulphuric acid in June last year
The teenager who was jailed for 17 years for the first acid killing in the UK belongs to a notorious drill gang nicknamed ‘The General’, it has been reported.
Xeneral Webster, 19, admitted the manslaughter of Joanne Rand after the 47-year-old carer was hit by high-strength sulphuric acid in June last year.
The killer was part of the 12 World rap gang, based in Shepherd’s Bush in west London, which has a long-running feud with the rival 1011 gang, it is claimed.
Webster, who had himself been attacked with acid in the past, was known for ‘rolling around the estates’ with a machine gun, The Sun reports.
A source told the newspaper: ‘General was well-known for rolling around the estates with his mac gun – that became his thing.
‘He was always in trouble and even battling with older gang members of 12 World – which is how he got attacked with acid in the past.’
After Webster himself suffered an acid attack was ‘ironic’ that he was jailed for similar behaviour, the source said.
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Another source close to the family reportedly said he had been stabbed, attacked and hit round the head with a baseball bat because of past involvement with gangs.
Ms Rand, a mother of three, was injured last June as she sat on a bench in Frogmoor, High Wycombe, after visiting her daughter’s grave.
The trial jury was told that Webster had himself been attacked with acid (shown left with injuries to his face); victim Joanne Rand, 47, died after contracting septicaemia
Prosecutors said he had been targeting another man and had ‘intended to cause that individual really serious harm’.
The jury heard that it was not the first time Webster had armed himself with the corrosive liquid and that he himself had been left scarred by an acid being thrown over him.
The court was told that the victim screamed in pain and ran to a nearby branch of KFC to splash water over herself.
She was treated and briefly released from hospital after suffering up to five per cent burns on her body.
Xeneral Webster riding away from the scene of the acid attack on Joanne Rand in Frogmoor, High Wycombe, carrying a bottle of acid
But she died 11 days later from multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the burns.
Sentencing him, Judge Angela Morris said: ‘You and your actions bear the responsibility for her tragic demise.
‘The cost of your actions were incalculable and irreparable for her family and friends and there is no sentence which this court can pass which can replace the value of her life.’
Webster was also sentenced for two counts of possessing an offensive weapon, namely a samurai sword and ammonia, and criminal damage, and making threats to kill relating to a separate incident to which he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Ms Rand worked at the Sir Aubrey Ward care home in Marlow and was described as ‘hard-working and passionate about her job’ in a tribute issued by her family last October.
Her family have since called for tough sentences for people carrying acid.
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