Collins Adesoji and Bujwawne Brooks: London gang members who mounted pavement to commit terror-style car attack face jail

Adesoji and Brooks used their car to ram a man on a bicycle before stabbing him as he fell off - the second knife attack they had committed in the space of an hour

Adesoji and Brooks used their car to ram a man on a bicycle before stabbing him as he fell off - the second knife attack they had committed in the space of an hour

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two London gang members who used their car to mount a terror-style attack face jail after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Collins Adesoji and Bujwawne Brooks, both 19, used their car to ram a man on a bicycle before stabbing him as he fell off - the second knife attack they had committed in the space of an hour.

Adesoji, of Kennington and Brooks, of West Norwood have been remanded for sentencing at the Old Bailey next month.

The two incidents happened on the afternoon of December 27, 2016. In the first attack, a boy, aged 16 at the time, was stabbed near Oval tube station around 5pm. 

It has never been established who inflicted the stab injury or the exact location of the incident, however a police investigation found that both Adesoji and Brooks had been among a group of males who had been involved in an altercation with the 16-year-old victim and three of his associates during which the teenager was stabbed.

It is believed that this attack was associated with the defendants' gang activities.

Adesoji drove away from the scene in a Ford Focus, which also contained Brooks and at least one other passenger.

Around 45 minutes later, Adesoji and Brooks were in the same Ford Focus in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton when they confronted two boys who had been with the victim of the first stabbing near to Oval tube.

They followed the boys in the Ford Focus to Windrush Square, where a funfair busy with families and children was operating. 

The Ford Focus mounted the pavement and collided with an 18-year-old man sitting on his bicycle who had not been involved in the earlier incidents.

The man was knocked off his bicycle and was then attacked by one of the occupants of the Ford Focus, who stabbed him in the thigh whilst he was on the ground trying to fend off the blows. The identity of the man who carried out the stabbing has not been established; however the court heard that Adesoji and Brooks were two of the three occupants of the car.

They attempted to make off in the vehicle by reversing down Rushcroft Road, but due to the damage sustained in the collision, they abandoned it and made off on foot.

The first victim was taken to hospital for treatment and the injury has had no lasting physical effects. However the second victim's femoral artery was severed - an injury which is often fatal - but a doctor passing by the scene administered life-saving first aid by using her scarf as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood. She was also helped by members of the public until police and ambulance arrived at the scene.

Abandoned vehicle proves key

The Met's Trident and Area Crime Command launched an investigation, and linked the two incidents. The abandoned vehicle was linked to Adesoji, and forensic evidence from the car and phone evidence linked Brooks to the offences. 

Adesoji was arrested on December 30, 2016. Brooks was arrested on June 6, 2017.

DC Patrick White of the Trident and Area Crime Command said: "These defendants went out that day intent on causing serious harm to others, possibly rival gang members, the reasons for which are still unclear. 

"This resulted in a young teenager being stabbed in Kennington and a violent attack in Brixton on a young man who, as is so often the case, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Although discharged from hospital, this young man, now aged 19, is still receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained. And that day remains a source of emotional trauma from which he and his family may never fully recover.

"This type of violence will not be tolerated on the streets of London, and we have worked tirelessly to bring these two callous individuals to justice.

"Anyone with information about those involved in gang activity and violence can call police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information can also be given anonymously through the Crimestoppers website."

 

 

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