Teenagers jailed for 'vicious' stabbing on Southend train

Friday, July 19, 2019

Two teenagers who chased a young man into a station and stabbed him multiple times with a machete on a waiting train have been jailed.

The victim, who is in his late teens, survived after being stabbed six times in the neck, chest and leg when he was attacked in Southend, Essex on October 22 last year.

Abdi Hashi, 19, of Grange Farm Close, Harrow, and a 17-year-old boy from Southend were found guilty of grievous bodily harm at Basildon Crown Court on Friday.

Hashi was jailed for 13 years and the other attacker, who cannot be named, for eight years and six months.

DCI Sam Blackburn of the British Transport Police said the victim and his attackers were known to each other and the “vicious assault” is believed to be gang-related.

CCTV footage showed two attackers chase the victim through the streets and into Westcliff-on-Sea station where they were joined by Hashi, seen wearing a black and red tracksuit.

The three of them cornered the boy on a waiting train and stabbed him.

An off-duty nurse and a member of St Johns Ambulance came to his aid before he underwent emergency surgery at a London hospital, where he spent two weeks recovering.

All three teenagers fled the train when it arrived at the next station but Hashi and the 17-year-old were tracked down and arrested at their home addresses a week later.

The third attacker, seen wearing a grey coat, was never identified.

DCI Blackburn praised the work of the medics who worked to save the victim’s life: "It's very fortunate that this attack did not result in a death; and it's a testament to the professionalism and skill of the attending medics that the young victim will live another day.

“Both attackers will now serve a substantial period of their adult lives in jail, and I hope the severity of their sentences will force them to question their violent behaviour.”

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