Notorious brothers who were the first to be slapped with an anti-social behavior order have been jailed for a total of 26 years after assaulting strangers in the street “for sport.”
Tyler Williams and Shamen Williams were just babyfaced 13- and 10-year-olds when Kent Police took their first police photos and “named and shamed” them for their unruly behavior after serving with the ASBOs in 2003.
But 20 years later, the pair, along with young sibling Brandon, have been jailed for their involvement in two separate attacks in one night involving the use of machetes.
The three brothers embarked on an hour-long violent attack ‘for sport or pleasure’ on March 4, 2021, attacking strangers on the street with a machete in Kent.
One victim, a woman parked in her car near a shop in Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent, was attacked by Shamen at about 9:40 pm, sustaining injuries to her face and head, and her vehicle damaged by Tyler .
Tyler Williams and Shamen Williams were just babyfaced 13 and 10 year olds when Kent police took their first mugshots and ‘named and shamed’ them for their unruly behavior
He also brandished a machete at a man and chased him down the street.
Subsequently, at around 10:55 pm on Institute Road, Chatham, three men were attacked by Shamen with a machete, one of whom required treatment at a London hospital for multiple injuries to his face, shoulder and back, 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 is said to have encouraged Shamen by urging “Go ahead, do him.”
Tyler, of Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, was subsequently convicted of two counts of assault, possession of a bladed object, criminal damage, willful wounding and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
Shamen, of Tupman Close, Rochester, Kent, was convicted of two counts of assault, two counts of possession of a bladed object, assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, intentional wounding and attempted intentional wounding.
Brandon, formerly of Folkestone, Kent, but now believed to have left the county, was convicted of two counts of assault.
Their past offenses include attacking victims with their crossbred Pitbull dogs and a claw hammer.
But Judge Lazarus said their latest crimes, committed while free from prison sentences handed down in 2018, reflected “a step up” in their antisocial behavior.
Tyler, 33, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Tuesday, while Shamen, 30, whose Facebook profile describes him as a “full-time jerk,” was also sentenced to 13 years in prison at a separate hearing on March 31.
Tyler Williams, 33, of Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Tuesday
Shamen Williams, 30, whose Facebook profile describes him as a “full-time bastard,” was also sentenced to 13 years in prison at a separate hearing on March 31.
Younger brother Brandon, 24, was jailed for 18 months for his involvement in the two incidents at another hearing last December
Younger sibling Brandon, 24, was jailed for 18 months for his involvement in the two incidents at another hearing last December, but has been released on remand due to time served.
Brothers Tyler and Shamen were ordered to serve a minimum of two-thirds of their prison terms, by which time Tyler will be eligible for parole.
Shamen, who was classified as a dangerous offender who caused significant harm to the public, his fate will be decided by the parole board.
He also gets an additional four years to each license term once he is released.
The final sentencing hearing of the three siblings ends legal proceedings at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, which have been repeatedly delayed or delayed by their unruly and disruptive behavior over the past two years.
This included often refusing to leave prison to attend numerous hearings, as well as complaining about not getting their medication from the court and failing to keep agreements with the probation service.
At an earlier sentencing hearing – which had to be dropped – it was even alleged that threats had been made against one of their own lawyers.
Port officials told Judge Robert Lazarus in January that Shamen had allegedly warned he would “t**t” his own attorney if he received a “heavy” sentence because he had “all to lose.”
One victim, a woman parked in her car near a shop in Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent, was attacked by Shamen at about 9.40pm and suffered injuries to her face and head
At around 10:55 p.m. on Institute Road, Chatham, three men were attacked, with one requiring treatment at a London hospital for multiple injuries to his face
He denied this, but it led the judge to comment that the brothers were “more disruptive than any other defendant in this court that anyone can remember.”
It was also decided to sentence the pair via prison video link rather than having them appear in person.
But neither was on hand to learn their actual fate, as Tyler refused to leave his cell at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, and Shamen left the prison link room at nearby HMP Elmley halfway through his hearing.
He warned that the eldest two brothers could face life sentences if they go to court for similar behavior in the future.
But he also said mitigation could be found in their “significantly dysfunctional upbringing and childhood”
Their father, Wayne, who has reportedly defended them in the past, was himself in jail for unrelated crimes earlier this year.
It meant that prison life was a family affair for a while with Shamen, Brandon and Wayne all confined to HMP Elmley while Tyler was held in neighboring Swaleside prison.
Judge Lazarus delivered his verdict on Tyler, also previously convicted of assaulting a prison officer in 2020, saying he should “reevaluate his attitude.”
Tyler refused to leave his cell at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent during the hearing
He ordered that a copy of his sentencing comments be given to Tyler, adding: “He has shown little respect for the court and those in authority. He has repeatedly failed to cooperate in court and repeatedly refused to attend, including today.
“Probation has been uncooperative and we have refused to attend two appointments for a pre-sentence report, which leads me to believe there is a poor prospect of rehabilitation.
No motive for the violence has been found. While the sporting bragging came from Shamen, I must conclude that Tyler, too, was guilty of violence for fun or sport.
“When he gave evidence at trial, it was clear to anyone observing Tyler that he is significantly more intelligent than his two brothers and was clearly able to show insight into his abusive behavior.
“But he needs to seriously reconsider his attitude. I know he has the intelligence and the ability to change, and I would warn him that if he commits any more violent crimes he will be dangerously close to life in prison.”
David Blunkett, Labor Home Secretary, introduced ASBOs in 1998 in an effort to tackle childhood disorder.
They have since been replaced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by Civil and Criminal Conduct Orders (CBOs).