A man has been jailed after stabbing school pupil following an incident in Brixton.
Roland Gegbe, 19 (17.06.99) of Amesbury Avenue, SW2, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at the Inner London Crown Court on Monday, 20 May.
He had previously entered a plea of guilty to GBH with intent and possession of a bladed/pointed article in public prior to the trial which was held at the same court on Monday, 26 November 2018.
The court heard how the victim, a 16-year-old male, was walking home from school on the afternoon of Friday, 8 June 2018, when he was confronted by Gegbe and another male both of whom he didn’t know, on Amesbury Avenue, SW2.
The three males got into an argument over a perceived “dirty look” where the suspects threatened the victim with violence, at which point the victim turned and left.
Moments later, a second altercation began again between suspects and the victim.
Gegbe produced a knife and the victim used a piece of scaffolding to defend himself.
After a fight with both suspects, the victim ended up in the middle of the road where Gegbe stabbed him three times before fleeing to his home address.
Members of the public who witnessed the attack were able to get to the victim and administer the vital first aid he needed.
Both London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment.
He sustained three stab wounds which penetrated his lung and liver causing serious damage.
The police, who were called during the attack, arrived to the scene in less than four minutes.
Gegbe was arrested at his home address, where two knives were recovered, one with the victim’s blood on it.
A backpack was also seized from the location of the attack, where an air pistol was found within along with items identifying Gegbe as the owner of the bag.
Detective Sergeant Rhodri Gardner from South Area CID based at Lambeth said: “This was a vicious and senseless attack after a disagreement.
“Gegbe’s callous actions not only affected the victim with his injuries that day but they may have affected his future too.
“He was due to start a professional football scholarship in 2018 and because of the injuries sustained he was unable to attend.
“He made a full medical recovery but clearly his injuries may prevent him pursuing a life a as a professional footballer or athlete.
“I would like to thank the members of public who stepped in to support the victim with first aid until emergency services arrived and for assisting officers with our enquiries. It is only with the help of our communities that we can bring offenders to justice.
“There are many incidents involving teenagers that can escalate quickly from a low level dispute.
“Many will think that saving face is important but it is never worth it. In this instance the victim ended up with life threatening injuries and the other in prison.
“I want young people to think ahead and have a plan about how to deal with conflict so it doesn’t escalate.
“This something that I want parents to be involved in, to be proactive in communicating this message to their children. Protecting our young people is something we should all be involved in.”