Hero 11-year-old helps send robbers to jail

Quick-thinking youngster alerted police when robbers assaulted his mother


A Jewish mother has described herself as “extremely proud” after her 10-year-old son helped send two violent robbers who attacked her to jail.

Brothers Eugene and Devlin Williams were imprisoned for a total of 14 years and eight months last week after they were convicted of a string of robberies at Southwark Crown Court.

The pair had pounced on Tania Levenfiche as she returned home from the school-run with her son Didier last summer.

The two men placed his mother in a head-lock and pulled violently at her ears, ripping out her earrings. The men also violently kicked the family dog.

Didier — the youngest of Mrs Levenfiche’s four children — witnessed the whole event and raised the alarm by pressing a panic button installed in the house.

The suspects made their escape but when police apprehended them three months later, Didier — now 11 — was able to identify them. Westminster police have named him their hero of 2016.

Mrs Levenfiche, 49, a member of Norrice Lea Synagogue, told the JC: “We’re very proud of Didier and the initiative he showed in an extremely frightening moment.

“We have always taught him right from wrong and he felt the right thing to do was to to help get those people off the streets. If we hadn’t have gone through with it they would still be out there mugging someone else’s mother.”

Detective Constable Martin Thomas, of the Westminster Crime Squad, said: “Eugene and Devlin Williams are dangerous criminals who targeted innocent people across London.

“Didier’s brave actions directly led to them being brought to justice and we are very proud to have named him as our hero of the year.”

Mrs Levenfiche said: “My son did not know what to do as he stood helpless but thank goodness had the sense of mind to push the panic button.

“As he said to me after the attack, ‘Mummy I felt so bad I couldn’t save you’.”

The experience has left its mark — Didier has suffered nightmares since the attack, Mrs Levenfiche said.

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