Two teenagers have been found guilty of stabbing a 24-year-old man at a teenage girl’s birthday party in Croydon after he asked them and other gatecrashers to leave.
One of the pair, Shaquille Bradley-Allen, 18, from Thornton Heath, was arrested on February 16, 2016, two weeks after the party. On Saturday at Croydon Crown Court he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to 11 years with four on extended license.
A 14-year-old boy from Croydon, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the same charges at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to four years with three on extended license.
The attack took place at a birthday party on January 30 2016, after a group of uninvited people were told to leave the premises, causing a disruption. Police were called and, on arrival, found a 24 year old man with four stab wounds, who was then taken to hospital and later recovered.
Detective Inspector David Bowen, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “A day that started out as a fun celebration of a girl’s birthday ended in the stabbing of a young man simply because the suspects did not want to leave.
“This case highlights the dangers that come from carrying a knife and the sentences imposed are a reminder that violence of this nature will not be tolerated.”
Across England and Wales, knife crime has risen by 11 per cent in the past year. However, in London, the Metropolitan police state they are doing all they can to combat the rise, and the most recent phase of Operation Sceptre has led to over 260 arrests of habitual knife carriers across the capital.