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Teens deny part in mafia gang's throat slashing

PUBLISHED: 11:27 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE gang known as the Black Mafia slit a man s throat after smashing their way into a 16th birthday party, a court heard.   Up to 17 youths battered down the front door of the house in Bellingham, Lewisham, in the early hours of the morning.   Mos

A TEENAGE gang known as the 'Black Mafia' slit a man's throat after smashing their way into a 16th birthday party, a court heard.

Up to 17 youths battered down the front door of the house in Bellingham, Lewisham, in the early hours of the morning.

Most of the partygoers managed to flee upstairs to the bedrooms or into the garden, but 26 year-old Dameon Phillips was caught on the stairs. He was left bleeding heavily from his neck and had to have extensive treatment in hospital, jurors at the Old Bailey were told on Tuesday.

Nine alleged gang members, aged between 15 and 18, are standing trial, including seven youths, from Blackheath, Catford and Lewisham, who can not be identified. They deny wounding with intent and violent disorder.

Five more young men, including 18 year-olds Lloyd Reid, of Paynell Court, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, and Le-Reece Buchanan, of Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, were identified by witnesses inside the house, the court heard.

They both deny wounding with intent and violent disorder 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.

"As they burst in the female partygoers ran upstairs in fear of what was going on.

"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.

"It must have had some gang motive. There was clearly some purpose."

The most serious wound was a 17cm cut across his neck, the court heard.

It is claimed were 17 youths in the gang which cycled from Catford to the house in Otterden Street, Bellingham, in the early hours of May 24 last year. The trial, which is expected to last eight weeks, continues.

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