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Man jailed for machete attack in Newham

Mehdi Djoumad

A man has been jailed for 13 years for attacking two people in Newham with a machete.

24-year-old Mehdi Djourmad pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court in December and was sentenced on Tuesday.

Djourmad armed himself with a machete after a fight spilled out from a house in Boundary Road in July last year.

His co-defendant Ismail Shamry, who is 23-years-old, also pleaded guilty on Monday to possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced on Tuesday to one year’s imprisonment.

Ismail Shamry

Djoumad and Shamry were arrested on suspicion of GBH and were taken to an east London police station. They were both charged on 8 July with two counts of GBH with intent and one count of possession of an offensive weapon.  Shamry’s GBH charges were later discontinued at court.

An investigation was launched by detectives during which it was established a fight had broken out inside a residential address in Boundary Road where Shamry and a friend of one of the victims resided. It is believed the altercation started after Djoumad and Shamry went into the front room and asked the victims, and the girlfriend of one of the victims, to leave as they were making too much noise.

A fight spilled out into the street and resulted in Djoumad arming himself with a machete and Shamry arming himself with a knife. The pair then chased the victims around the surrounding streets.

CCTV footage

One victim, aged 21, was desperately trying to escape and was putting some bags into his car when Djoumad attacked him, hitting him round the head with the machete causing serious and significant injuries, including a fractured skull and a piece of skull becoming embedded in his brain. He was also stabbed in the centre of his chest. He required surgery and his injuries are life-changing.

Another victim, aged 21, suffered a stab wound to his abdomen and back by Djoumad during the altercation in the address.

Another male, aged 22, had a stab injury to his right wrist while another, aged 21, suffered an open wound to his right wrist and a cut to the back of his neck. It is unknown exactly how these two sustained their injuries.

Detective Constable Sarah Osborne, the investigating officer said: “Djoumad carried out a savage and brutal attack on the victims, especially Victim 1 whose injuries could have cost him his life.

“The evidence collected against Djoumad and Shamry was overwhelming and as such they pleaded guilty. I am pleased that these two dangerous individuals, especially Djoumad, are behind bars and off London’s streets.”

“The length of Djoumad’s sentence shows how serious the court takes these types of offences and I hope it acts as a deterrent to others who think it is acceptable to carry a knife.”

“We are committed to reducing violent crime in London, however we cannot do it alone.”

“The police, our partners and the public must work together to deal with knife. We’d urge anyone with information on violent offenders to pass it onto police or anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers to help us prevent violence in the capital.”

Anyone with information about incidents of violence or knife crime can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want to assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk.

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