London stabbing: three teens who repeatedly stabbed gang rival in his EYE are jailed

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Three teens who repeatedly stabbed 18-year-old gang rival in the EYE during a brutal machete attack on a crowded train to steal his e-scooter are jailed for a total of 18 years – because victim is left blind in one eye

  • Three teens repeatedly stabbed a rival gang member in the eye during the train
  • Jaheim Smith-Williams, Gabriel Burke-Georgiou, both 18, and a now 15-year-old boy assaulted the man in front of the passengers on a train in Tottenham
  • The 18-year-old victim was on a train to the north with his e-scooter last September
  • All three defendants pleaded guilty and received a total of 18 years in prison

Three teens who repeatedly stabbed a rival gang member on a crowded train and left him permanently blind in one eye were sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison.

Two men and a boy, who was 14 at the time, launched a nasty machete attack and stole their teenage victim’s electric scooter.

Jaheim Smith-Williams, Gabriel Burke-Georgiou, both 18, and a now 15-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked the man for shocked passengers on a train in Tottenham, north London.

The 18-year-old victim was on a northbound train with his electric scooter next to him when it left Northumberland Park station just after 7pm on September 24.

All three defendants appeared at the Old Bailey where they pleaded guilty to injury with intent to cause serious bodily harm.

At the same court, a judge sentenced them to a total of 18 years in prison on Friday.

Jaheim Smith-Williams (pictured), along with Burke-Georgiou and another, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been jailed for a total of 18 years.

Gabriel Burke-Georgiou (left) attacked the man in front of shocked passengers on a train in Tottenham, north London, last September. Jaheim Smith-Williams (right), along with Burke-Georgiou and another, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been imprisoned

Smith-Williams and Burke-Georgiou, both 17 at the time, approached the victim and Burke-Georgiou began attacking him as Smith-Williams pulled out a Rambo-like knife before jumping at the victim with at least three stabs.

Passengers sitting nearby quickly got up and exited the carriage to get away from the sudden attack, preventing the then 14-year-old boy from taking part in the attack.

The 14-year-old then took out a machete with long blades, ran to the victim and joined the attack.

The victim was pushed backwards through the carriage when Smith-Williams hit him several times with the knife and left the victim on the ground with his hand in front of his left eye.

As the train entered Meridian Water station, Smith-Williams, Burke-Georgiou and the 14-year-old got off the train and left the station. Burke-Georgiou exited the carriage on the victim’s electric scooter.

The teenage victim and three suspects knew each other and were linked to rival gangs, police said.

The 18-year-old victim was on a northbound train with his electric scooter next to him when it left Northumberland Park station just after 7pm on September 24.

The 18-year-old victim was on a northbound train with his electric scooter next to him when it left Northumberland Park station just after 7pm on September 24.

After the attack, the stricken man also managed to get off the train at Meridian Water station and was found collapsed outside a supermarket opposite the station before calling paramedics and rushed to hospital.

He sustained stab wounds to the back of his right shoulder and head, a serious injury to his hand, and lost his left eye as a result of the attack.

The knives used in the incident were found by agents of the British Transport Police (BTP) in the area around Meridian Water station the next day.

Smith-Williams, of Spitalfields, East London, and Burke-Georgiou, of Tottenham, were both sentenced to six years and nine months in prison and the now 15-year-old served a five-year, one-month term.

BTP detective Nick Barr described it as a “vicious” attack, adding that the victim sustained life-altering injuries.

He said: “This was a premeditated and brutal attack on board a busy train that left the victim with life-altering injuries.

“It was incredibly poignant to witness passengers and I would like to thank those witnesses for their help in our investigation and bringing those responsible to justice.

“Fortunately these kinds of incidents are rare on the railways, but you can help us by reporting anything or anyone suspicious to us via text message on 61016. Always call 999 in an emergency.”

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