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Hunt on for teen after nightclub gang attack

PUBLISHED: 10:32 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 August 2010

CAGED: Gabriel Uyiekpen.

CAGED: Gabriel Uyiekpen.

A VIOLENT teenager is on the run after he ambushed a rival gang outside a nightclub. Security guards rang the police after they saw the fight on CCTV outside the Mermaid lapdancing bar in Woolwich High Street at 4am on June 23 last year. Mohammed Farah

A VIOLENT teenager is on the run after he ambushed a rival gang outside a nightclub.

Security guards rang the police after they saw the fight on CCTV outside the Mermaid lapdancing bar in Woolwich High Street at 4am on June 23 last year.

Mohammed Farah, 16, suffered a slashed neck artery while David Wright, also 16, was beaten to the ground, stabbed and stamped on as he lay defenceless.

The attack, which left both victims fighting for their lives, was one of a series of 23 tit-for-tat battles last year between rival gangs the Woolwich Boys and the T-Block gang.

T-Block gang member Temitope Apanishile, 19, of Hicken Close, Charlton, was sentenced in his absence to six-and-a-half years in a young offenders' institution last Friday at the Old Bailey.

He is on the run after fleeing his trial last September and police are still hunting for him.

Gabriel Uyiekpen,19, of Belmont Park, Lewisham, helped drag the teenagers out of the club where Farah was stabbed 17 times and had his throat slit.

He was jailed for public protection and will serve a minimum of two-and-a-half years.

Video footage shows Uyiekpen and Apanishile hammering Wright with blows as he lay on the ground.

Uyiekpen is then seeing picking the boy up off the pavement and carrying him towards a car where he is again punched and kicked by the pair.

The two then ran away, leaving their victim bleeding from two stab wounds and a punctured lung on the pavement.

Ringleader Ikechukwu Nwaimo, 18, of Edington Road, Abbey Wood, was seen on CCTV stabbing both victims with a knife concealed inside a sock.

At a previous trial, he was sentenced to imprisonment for public protection to serve a minimum of five-and-a-half years behind bars - the equivalent of an 11-year sentence.

Andy Chu, 23, of Owen Close, Thamesmead, was jailed for a total of eight years and eight months while Muhammed Touray, 20, of Arthur Street, Erith and Adeola Kolleh, 21, of Waterside Close, Thamesmead, were both sentenced to eight years and four months behind bars.

Gabriel Daramola, 18, was sentenced to 34 months in a young offenders' institution for his part in the attack on David Wright.

Ukiekpen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

He received an indeterminate sentence for the public protection and ordered to serve a minimum of two-and-a-half years.

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