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Teens knifed when rival gangs clashed, court told

PUBLISHED: 17:58 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010

A STUDENT accused of taking part in a gang knife attack told police he was a helpless witness, a court heard.

A STUDENT accused of taking part in a gang knife attack told police he was a helpless witness, a court heard.

Zachary Fihosy, 22, of Leatherbottle Green, Erith said he was driving his friends home from the West End when he saw a disturbance in the queue at the Mermaid Nightclub in Woolwich.

He told police his pal Muhammed Touray, 20, of Canterbury House, Arthur Street, Erith got out of the car to 'see what was going on.'

Fihosy claimed he remained in the car and saw a fight taking place but did not want to just drive off.

He added: "It was just nerve-wracking, everyone making all these noises, shouting, screaming and beeping.

"I wanted to drive away, seriously, but I didn't want to hurt anyone, I didn't want to run anyone over in the street."

Last Thursday the Old Bailey heard how two 16-year-olds were viciously beaten and stabbed by rival youths in Woolwich High Street just after 4am on June 23 last year.

One youth was stabbed in the neck, chest and body while the second had his head stamped on, jurors were told.

It is claimed the victims had connections to the Woolwich Boys, who were involved in a dispute with the rival T-Black gang.

Jurors have heard how just hours later the Woolwich Boys took revenge on their rivals in a running battle through Woolwich, which began in Thomas Street.

One, Gabriel Daramola, was stabbed and ended up at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich with the two 16-year-old victims.

Alleged knifeman Ikechukwu Nwaimo, 18, of Edington Road, Abbey Wood, Touray and Adeola Kolleh, 26, of Waterside Close, Thamesmead is accused of attempted murder of the first youth and an alternative of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trio, together with Fihosy, Gabriel Daramola, 18, of Escort Road, South Norwood and a 17-year-old from Bexley who cannot be named, are accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the second teenager.

Nwaimo and Kolleh are accused of attempting to kidnap the second victim by trying to bundle him into a car boot and violent disorder in relation to the Thomas Street incident.

They all deny the charges.

The court was told Andy Chu, 23, of Owen Close, Thamesmead, has pleaded guilty to two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The trial continues.

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