Penge boy jailed after 15-year-old beaten and stabbed at birthday party in Brixton
PUBLISHED: 10:50 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 April 2017
The boy suffered a punctured lung and stomach
A violent gang armed with baseball bats and knives launched a ‘brutal and callous’ attack on a 15-year-old boy outside a birthday party in 2015.
Last week six teenagers, including a 16-year-old boy from Penge who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of grievous bodily harm.
The victim was surrounded by family members and young children in Brixton on October 3 when the group of teenagers, some of whom were masked, advanced on him carrying weapons.
Most of the victim’s friends ran back into the address, but there was no escape for the youngster.
When they caught him, the gang asked where he was from, before one of the gang punched him in the face.
He tried to run again, but was tripped, and the gang began its violent assault, wielding baseball bats, poles and knives whilst he lay on the ground.
The attack left him with a punctured lung and stomach, as well as stab wounds to his leg, arm and back.
The group only stopped their violent assault when a passing car sounded its horn and they fled the scene.
Running back to the address in Hardel Walk, the victim collapsed in a stairwell, where passers-by helped him with his injuries.
He needed two operations and spent ten days in hospital. He required rehabilitative treatment in the months afterwards and still has nerve damage in his shoulder.
Officers discovered the victim’s blood on two knives found at a different party nearby, and eight people were subsequently charged with grievous bodily harm.
Six were convicted and on Friday, the Penge boy, along wither another 16-year-old from Brixton, was jailed for four years.
Another 16-year-old from Clapham received a two-year suspended sentence.
A 17-year-old male from Streatham is awaiting sentencing.
Twin brothers Taylor Joseph and Brandon Joseph, both 18 and from Ewen Crescent, Brixton were also sentenced.
Taylor was handed a five-year jail term, while his brother was handed a four-and-a-half-year term.
DC Danni Wilgoss of Brixton CID said: “This was a brutal and callous attack that, were it not for the quick actions and expertise of paramedics and the aid from members of the public, could have resulted in the loss of a teenage boy’s life.
“Those who carried out this attack did so for no apparent reason other than the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They took shelter in numbers and showed a total disregard for the safety - and life - of the victim.
“An investigation is only ever as good as those who step forward to assist and I want to pay tribute to the witnesses who were extremely brave to provide evidence.
“I also want to pay tribute to the victim who has shown remarkable bravery and tenacity since the incident. His positive attitude is admired by my colleagues and I alike.
“This case demonstrated that the local community will not stand for such violence. It was a painstaking investigation which shows that the Met is committed to vigorously pursuing anyone who commits such acts.”