Teenagers jailed for ‘terrifying’ knife and acid attack on boy, 16, in North Woolwich

Omar Windross. Picture: CPS

Omar Windross. Picture: CPS - Credit: CPS

Two teenagers have been jailed for their part in a “terrifying attack” that saw a teenager stabbed and sprayed with ammonia inside a house.

Charles Asonye. Picture: CPS

Charles Asonye. Picture: CPS - Credit: CPS

Two teenagers have been jailed for their part in a “terrifying attack” that saw a teenager stabbed and sprayed with ammonia inside a house.

Charles Asonye, 18, of Brentwood, and Omar Windross, 19, of Newham were part of a group of at least nine people who broke into a house in North Woolwich on April 12, 2017.

Some of the group kicked in the door as the victim tried to hide, with Windross squirting a bottle of ammonia into their 16-year-old victim’s face before stabbing him.

Asonye and a 15-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also stabbed him.


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All three defendants had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and were sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Windross was jailed for nine years, Asonye for seven and a half and the 15 year old was handed a 36 month supervision order.

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Helen Draycott, deputy chief crown prosecutor for London North, said: “This was a terrifying attack and these three defendants were identified by a witness as being the people who caused the serious injuries.

“They were charged with aggravated burglary - a serious offence which can carry up to a life sentence.

“A corrosive substance was thrown at this victim and although the overall numbers of these acid-type offences are low we hope the list of recent convictions and significant sentences in London will give the public confidence that these crimes are being tackled.”

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