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Three teenagers convicted of launching brutal knife and acid attack on boy, 16, in North Woolwich

PUBLISHED: 17:24 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 01 March 2018

Omar Windross. Picture: CPS

Omar Windross. Picture: CPS

CPS

Three teenage gang members have been convicted of breaking into a North Woolwich home to launch a knife and acid attack on a 16-year-old boy.

Charles Asonye. Picture: CPSCharles Asonye. Picture: CPS

The three teenagers were part of a group of “about nine or more” people who kicked down the house’s front door before running inside to attack the boy, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

A corrosive substance was thrown in the boy’s face and he was slashed with knives.

The victim’s vision has been effected and whilst his slice injuries were serious they were not life threatening.

Omar Windross, 19, and Charles Asonye, 18, have admitted aggravated burglary ahead of a trial due to begin at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

A 15-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons also pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Windross squirted the acid whilst Asonye and the 15-year-old are responsible for the stabbing.

Sara Penson, of the CPS, said: “This was a terrifying attack and each of these three assailants was positively identified by a witness, as well as by cell site data for their mobiles placing them in the area.

“CCTV of the street also showed their faces, further undermining false alibis by two of the boys that they had been elsewhere at the time.

“The CPS supported both the victim of this attack and the witness through this prosecution with applications to allow them to give their evidence from behind screens to avoid any potential intimidation.

“These three young men will now face the consequences of their crimes.”

All three will be sentenced on March 23 2018.


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