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Dagenham brothers jailed for Rainham stabbing

Two brothers from Dagenham have been jailed after a man was stabbed in Rainham.

A 24-year-old was stabbed and struck with a belt after a dispute at the Albion pub in January.

Louis and Connor Phillips, both of Hardie Road, and aged 20 and 22, were found guilty of wounding with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Louis was jailed for 12 years with Connor sentenced to 16 years imprisonment to serve a minimum of 10 years and two years on licence.

On Saturday, 27 January just after midnight Louis Phillips pushed a woman over at the pub and was challenged by a group of men.

He then phoned his brother, Connor, who arrived at the pub shortly after.

One of the men who had challenged Phillips in the bar, a 24-year-old, left the pub and was followed outside by Louis who struck him with a belt and went on to stab him twice in the side of his body.

Connor then stabbed the victim twice in the shoulder.

Both brothers then fled the scene in a white van, which was found burned in Castle Avenue.

On Saturday, 24 February, both brothers were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They were subsequently charged with Section 18 wounding, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Both brothers denied the charges and appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

On Friday, 27 July, the jury found both Louis and Connor Phillips guilty of Section 18 wounding with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

They were sentenced yesterday.

Detective Inspector Jason Prendergast of East Area Command Unit said: “These brothers carried out a senseless and brutal attack on the victim over what on the face of it appears to have been a minor dispute.

“They decided that they would use a knife to settle the dispute, causing significant injuries to the victim.

“They have been rightly described as dangerous individuals and the sentences handed down by the court reflect the nature of the offence and the complete disregard for the victim.

“We will continue our work to remove those people from the community who take the decision to carry knives.

“I hope that the removal of these brothers from the community will make others pause for thought before they find themselves in the same position.”

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