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Gang who poured corrosive substance down victims throat convicted of GBH with intent

News   •   Nov 27, 2018 20:09 GMT

Image: William Deo

Four people who carried out a violent noxious substance attack have been found guilty following a two week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The court heard that the two victims, aged 21 at the time of the attack, were lured to an address in Ilford on Wednesday, 13 June.

A substance, believed to be ammonia, was thrown at both men as revenge for a video posted online.

One of the victims also had the noxious liquid forcibly poured down his throat, leaving him with serious internal injuries.

He was put into an induced coma and remained in hospital for three weeks, but has since made a full recovery.

Following the incident, officers launched an investigation and following a public appeal arrested the group in June.

[A] William Deo, 20 (13.03.98) of no fixed abode, [B] Makayla Hajaig, 19 (22.12.98) of Barley Lane, Chadwell Heath, Redbridge, [C] Adam Badejo, 30 (27.04.88) of Keppel Road, Dagenham, Essex and [D] a 30-year-old man were all found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm.

All have been remanded in custody until sentencing on Monday, 17 December.

Sergeant Matt Taylor, from the Met’s East Area Command Unit, said: “This was a sickening attack which left both young victims with serious injuries and is something that will stay with them for a long time.

“I would like to commend the bravery of both men who had to relive their experience when giving evidence in court, as well as the investigating officers who worked tirelessly to bring these offenders to justice.”

+ Reporting restrictions are now in place in respect of a 30-year-old man [D] in this case.