Gang members jailed for stabbing

Three gang members were jailed for a total of 32 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, for stabbing a rival gang member.

The victim was badly injured and lost a kidney as a result of the attack.

Lewis Sutherland, 21, Lascall McKenzie, 19 and Pa Sillah, 20 were all jailed on Friday.

On Wednesday 20 March 2013, police were called to a 16-year-old boy who had been stabbed in East London.

A vehicle was seen driving away, and it was pursued by police. The front seat passenger, Lewis Sutherland was arrested at the scene, but the others escaped and were later caught and arrested.

The victim received five puncture wounds resulting in the loss of a kidney, a wound to the liver, a punctured lung and a wound to the leg. He was discharged from hospital in April.

Detective Sergeant Ben Hobbs of the Hackney Violent Crime Unit said:

The sole motivation for this violent attack was petty gang rivalry. This could easily have been a fatal incident. I am grateful for the assistance of members of the public at the scene, who were able to provide police with vital information that led to these convictions. Their willingness to take a stand against these criminals shows that the public, as well as the police, are determined to tackle gang violence."

– Detective Sergeant Ben Hobbs