THE sentencing of the brother of a rapper murdered in a drive-by shooting has been postponed for a week. Amir Tufail, 19, and friends Jermaine McLean, 19, and Stephen Crawford, 18, were part of a gang who robbed bank customers shortly after withdrawing money. The teenagers had been due to learn their fate today, with the Judge Warwick McKinnon, the Recorder of Croydon, warning them that a custodial sentence was a "live issue". However, the hearing at Croydon Crown Court was postponed so that a fourth defendant connected to the case can be sentenced at the same time. It will instead be heard next Friday (May 31) at the same court. The court had previously been told that CCTV footage showed two of the teenagers in one of the Santander banks. All three offences took place between May 22 and June 19, 2012. Earlier this month Tufail, of Catford, pleaded guilty to one robbery on May 22 and another on May 23. McLean, of Upper Norwood, admitted one robbery on May 22 and another the following day. Crawford, of South Norwood, admitted being involved a robbery on June 19. A fourth defendant, Tashawn Thompson, 18, will face trial in August for one charge of robbery. Amir's older brother, Umar Tufail, 25, was "deliberately executed" on July 15 last year because of a gangland feud between Amir and rival gangster Sanchez Thomas. Thomas and his best friend Kyrone Daley, both 19, were jailed for a total of 47 years last month after being found guilty of murder.
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