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Samurai sword attacker jailed

PUBLISHED: 11:45 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 25 August 2010

A MAN who threatened a group of youths with a samurai sword has been jailed for two years.

A MAN who threatened a group of youths with a samurai sword has been jailed for two years. Andrew Vousden, 43, of Galleon Close, Erith, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court last Wednesday for his unprovoked attack on a group of boys less than a mile from his home. After buying food from a Kebab shop in Erith on February 23, five youths aged 17 and 18 were approached by Vousden at a bus stop in Pier Road, Erith, shortly after 11pm.

Unemployed Vousden accused them of harassing his wife earlier that night and produced a 12-inch samurai sword with which he advanced on a 17-year-old from Welling. He pushed his victim onto a low wall, injuring seriously his spleen before leaving the scene.

The boy had to have life-saving surgery to repair the ruptured organ.

Vousden was arrested at his home on March 3 thanks to information gathered through a police press appeal.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of a bladed article.


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