Gang convicted of spraying 16-yr-old with corrosive substance and stabbing him
Members of a gang have been convicted of breaking into a house, spraying a 16-year-old in the face with a corrosive substance and stabbing him.
The three teenagers were part of a large group which raided the house in North Woolwich on 12 April 2017.
Omar Windross, 19, and Charles Asonye, 18, have now both admitted aggravated burglary ahead of a trial which was due to begin at Snaresbrook Crown Court. A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
A group of about nine or more people, some with knives, broke in to the house, kicking in the door as the victim tried to hide.
Omar Windross squirted the contents of a bottle in the boy’s face, affecting his vision. He then stabbed him.
Charles Asonye and the 15-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also stabbed the victim, who suffered two stab wounds in his right leg as well as slice injuries which were serious but not life-threatening.
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 23 March 2018.
Notes to editors
- Sara Penson is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North
- Omar Windross [DOB: 23/11/1998] of Newham, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary on 6 February 2018. On 12 April 2017 having entered as a trespasser a building in Newland Street, inflicted grievous bodily harm on a person therein, and had a knife.
- Charles Asonye [DOB: 27/01/2000], of Brentwood, and a 15-year-old, of Newham, admitted aggravated burglary on 19 February 2018. On 12 April 2017 having entered as a trespasser a building in Newland Street, inflicted grievous bodily harm on a person therein, and had a knife.