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Teen thug's sentence quashed

PUBLISHED: 12:58 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:23 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE gangster handed an indefinite sentence for his part in an attack which left a 16-year-old close to death had his sentence overturned by top judges.   Another teenager involved in the violence, Ikechukwu Nwaimo, 19, of Edington Road, Abbey Wood,

A TEENAGE gangster handed an indefinite sentence for his part in an attack which left a 16-year-old close to death had his sentence overturned by top judges.

Another teenager involved in the violence, Ikechukwu Nwaimo, 19, of Edington Road, Abbey Wood, stabbed Mohammed Falah 17 times outside the Mermaid nightclub, in Woolwich, on June 23, 2007, during an attack by members of the T-block gang.

The court heard that the two 16-year-old victims were standing outside the club, having been refused entry, when 10 to 15 members of the gang rolled up in various cars and launched the terrifying assault.

David Wright, also 16, was kicked and beaten by other members of the gang, including Gabriel Uyiekpen, 19, of Pembroke Road, Erith, who has now had his open-ended jail term quashed on appeal.

Nwaimo was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent while Uyiekpen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm at the Old Bailey. On February 23 this year, each defendant was sentenced to indefinite detention for pubic protection (DPP) - almost identical to a life term. But, last Tuesday Lord Justice Moore-Bick, sitting with Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Judge Elgan Edwards at London's Criminal Appeal Court, quashed Uyiekpen's indefinite sentence and replaced it with a conventional five-year detention term.

That means he will serve just two and a half years before he is entitled to automatic release.

Nwaimo's appeal was rejected and he will not be released until the authorities are convinced he no longer poses a public danger.

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