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Thugs stabbed teens in gang rivalry

PUBLISHED: 16:49 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 25 August 2010

FIVE thugs who ambushed and stabbed two 16-year-old rivals in an eruption of gang violence are facing jail.

FIVE thugs who ambushed and stabbed two 16-year-old rivals in an 'eruption of gang violence' are facing jail.

One victim was knifed repeatedly in the neck, chest and body as street warfare raged on the streets of Woolwich.

His friend was beaten to the ground as gang members tried to bundle him in to the boot of a waiting car.

When he struggled loose he too was stabbed, before the attackers fled.

Both victims, who cannot be named, were members of the notorious Woolwich Boys - who were blamed for 23 tit-for-tat battles with other gangs last year.

They were targeted by their bitter enemies from the T-Block gang just after 4am on June 23 last year, outside the Mermaid lapdancing bar in Woolwich High Street.

Ringleader Ikechukwu Nwaimo, then aged 17, of Edington Road, Abbey Wood stabbed both victims with a knife concealed inside a sock.

Nwaimo, now 18, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the first youth, along with gang members Muhammed Touray, 20, of Canterbury House, Arthur St, Erith and Adeola Kolleh, 21, of Waterside Close, Thamesmead.

All three were cleared of the same charge in relation to the second victim, but they had already admitted actual bodily harm.

Gabriel Daramola, 18, of Escort Road, South Norwood, was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the second teenager, but he admitted causing actual bodily harm. Nwaimo and Kolleh were also cleared of attempting to kidnap him.

They will be sentenced on September 12 with Andy Chu, 23, of Owen Close, Thamesmead who earlier admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to be sentenced at a later date. Zachary Fihosy, 22, of Leatherbottle Green, Erith, accused of driving the gang to the scene in a silver Ford Focus was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm and an alternative actual bodily harm by the jury.

Earlier this year after a series of trials, 19 members of the Woolwich Boys were locked up for a brutal attack on a rival in a convenience store in Charlton just four days later. Lanry Shekoni, 23, was battered with a hammer, stabbed 14 times and needed 70 staples to his head after the attack on June 27, last year.

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