East London brothers jailed over racist attack

|News, Violent crime , Hate crime

Two brothers have been jailed for repeatedly stabbing a man in a racist attack in east London.

Ronnie Hansen, 22, and Robert Hansen, 29, attacked the victim after he questioned the latter about using a racially offensive term. Robert also repeatedly used the offensive word to address the victim and asked him what he would do about it.

The 32-year-old victim survived the attack in the early hours of 19 June last year in St Leonard’s Street in Tower Hamlets. He sustained six stab wounds and had to have emergency surgery before spending three weeks in hospital.

He told police officers who his attackers were from his hospital bed.

When police arrested Ronnie Hansen on suspicion of attempted murder, he responded: "Great, man, awesome".

On Friday, 5 April both brothers were sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court. Ronnie Hansen, who was found guilty of attempted murder following a trial, was jailed for 16 years. Elder brother Robert Hansen was found guilty of wounding with intent in the same trial and jailed for 12 years.

Maxine Cole, from the CPS, said: "This victim found himself surrounded by the Hansen brothers in a deserted alleyway. They viciously attacked him for daring to speak back to them, leaving him bleeding profusely.

"The prosecution case included the brave testimony of the victim and the overwhelming evidence against these defendants means that they will now serve significant prison terms.

"This attack was racially motivated and both Ronnie and Robert Hansen played a joint role. The CPS takes racially aggravated crimes extremely seriously and applied for a hate crime uplift in this case."

Notes to editors

  • Ronnie Hansen (D.O.B. 06/09/1996) is from Barking
  • Robert Hansen (D.O.B. 01/10/1989) is from Tower Hamlets
  • Maxine Cole is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North.

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