By Isha Sesay • 07 December 2019 • 15:25
The brutal attack in Wood Green, London, resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man. Credit: PA.
HORRIFYING CCTV footage has been released which shows a machete-wielding gang in London, England, stabbing a young father to death and leaving another man with life-changing injuries.
On Friday, December 6, two men and three teenagers were found guilty of the harrowing murder of 19-year-old Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck and the attempted murder of his 20-year-old friend.
Tyrell Graham, 18, and Sheareem Cookhorn, 21, will now await sentencing, with Cookhorn also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent. In addition, three 17-year-old males, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also convicted of murder and grievous bodily harm.
The jury heard that the group were determined to cause serious injury to the two men who they had been in a bitter postcode rivalry with. On the night of February 22 of this year, seven males, including the five defendants and two unknown individuals, set off on bicycles towards Wood Green at around 7pm to find their prey.
The five defendants were carrying at least five knives between them, including a machete, sword, handgun and a shotgun. Once the gang saw their targets they immediately dropped their bikes and whipped out their deadly weapons, launching a frightening attack on the unsuspecting men.
Cookhorn then began shooting at the victims but missed, with the victims desperately trying to escape by running off in different directions. However, the gang caught up with the 20-year-old male, stabbing him eight times and shooting him once.
Kamali had managed to get into his car and began driving towards the gang to try and scare them off, but the gang began smashing his car windows with their weapons so Kamali got out of his car and ran into a hairdresser’s shop. The gang caught up with him and stabbed him to death inside the hair salon on Vincent Road before running away.
Members of the public, including mothers with pushchairs, ran for their lives as the violence unfolded, the jury heard. With reports of a violent street brawl taking place on the streets, police officers and ambulances rushed to the scene, taking the two seriously injured males to hospital. Kamali succumbed to his injuries just a few hours later.
Speaking after the five males were found guilty on Friday, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe of Specialist Crime said:
“So desperate were the defendants to continue their petty postcode rivalry, the gang launched their gun and knife attack outside a busy cinema and several restaurants packed with people and children enjoying their Friday night.
“Having chased down Kamali and his friend like a pack of animals they set about them with a ferocity I have rarely seen. Not content with the damage they had caused that night they then boasted about their murderous exploits in amateurish drill videos.
“In truth, there are no winners, no bragging rights or anything to be proud of. One man is dead, another has life changing injuries, a family is utterly bereft and five young men will spend the best days of their lives behind bars.”
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