Teen thugs guilty of sick houseparty raid

PUBLISHED: 12:23 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 25 August 2010

EIGHT members of a teenage gang slashed a man s throat at a 16th birthday party and posted a rap video on YouTube about the attack, a court heard.

EIGHT members of a teenage gang slashed a man's throat at a 16th birthday party and posted a rap video on YouTube about the attack, a court heard.

The group gate crashed the celebrations at a house in Otterden Street, Bellingham, before leaving 26-year-old Dameon Phillips with a five-inch gash across his neck.

Following a seven-week trial at the Old Bailey, eight youths aged between 16 and 18 were convicted yesterday of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Reporting restrictions mean only three can be named: Lloyd Reid, of Paynell Court, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath; Le-Reece Buchanan of Lewisham High Street, Lewisham; and Alexander O'Reilly, from Lewisham, all aged 18.

Detectives believe up to 17 youths were involved in kicking down the front door and going on the rampage as guests fled in terror.

Six other youths, who cannot be identified, all denied wounding with intent and the lesser charge of violent disorder.

Jurors heard how the gang cycled from Catford to the house in the early hours of May 24 last year.

Prosecutor Benedict Kelleher said: "Just before 2am the house was attacked.

"They gathered outside the house, banged on the windows and shouted the name of their gang, Black Mafia. They burst into the house and attacked the occupant. One of the gang was carrying a brick in his hand and one had what appeared to be a gun.

"The male partygoers ran out the back of the house into the back garden but one young man did not leave.

"He was older than the others and he stood where he was on the staircase.

"He was the person the gang saw as they entered and he was struck repeatedly and suffered severe injuries."

The most serious wound was a 17cm cut across his neck.

Jurors heard there was no obvious motive other than the attackers' membership of the Black Mafia gang. They are due to be sentenced on July 2 this year.

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