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Seven males convicted of stabbing in Bow

News   •   Nov 28, 2018 18:56 GMT

Five teenagers who stabbed a boy in a fast food restaurant have been convicted following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, 28 November.

[A] A 16-year-old male was found guilty of attempted murder, violent disorder and possession of a bladed article;
[B] A 17-year-old male was found guilty of attempted murder and violent disorder;
[C] A 16-year-old male was found guilty of attempted murder, violent disorder and possession of a bladed article;
[D] A 16-year-old male was found guilty of GBH and violent disorder;
[E] A 16-year-old was found guilty of GBH and violent disorder.

Two males [F] aged 16, and [G] aged 15, had already pleaded guilty to GBH and possession of a bladed article.

All are due to appear at the same court for sentencing on a date in mid-December.

During the trial the court heard how at 18:05hrs on Sunday, 1 April, seven males with their faces covered entered Perfect Fried Chicken in St Leonards Street, E3 armed with knives and a machete.

The group attacked a 16-year-old male, stabbing him in the chest and severing an artery close to his heart.

Local officers, supported by armed police and London Ambulance Service [LAS] attended.

The victim was taken to hospital by LAS where he was immediately taken to theatre for life-saving surgery.

Two of the suspects, [D] and [E] were arrested by officers from Tower Hamlets within an hour of the attack. The remaining suspects were identified, arrested and charged over a period of six months.

As part of the same proceedings, [A] and [H] - a 15-year-old male - were convicted of grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article in relation to an attack on three teenagers at Ravenscroft Park at 17:00hrs on Friday, 27 April.

Three boys, aged 16, 15 and 15 respectively, were approached by [A] and [H] who were both masked and riding bikes.

[A] produced a knife and attempted to stab one of the boys in the stomach.

The victim grabbed the blade of the knife which resulted in him suffering severe tendon damage to his hand.

While this was happening, [H] approached from behind and stabbed the victim in the back of the head causing a laceration that exposed his skull.

The victim was taken to hospital but his injury was not life threatening.

[H] will also be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on a date in mid-December.

Detective Constable Marc Parkinson of Tower Hamlets said: "The defendants, despite their young age, had a penchant for violence and intimidation that would undoubtedly have ended in tragedy had we not identified and apprehended them.

"I hope that their conviction brings a measure of comfort to their young victims and their families."