Three men jailed for more than 50 years after carrying out frenzied knife attack


LONDON: Three men who carried out a frenzied knife attack after cornering their victim in a youth centre have been sentenced to a total of more than 50 years in jail.

At Harrow Crown Court on Friday, 13 September, Hasnain Talib, 19 of Hatfield Close, Ilford was sentenced to 23 years for attempted murder, while Dantai Demontagnac, 18 of Arthingworth Street, E15 was sentenced to 23 years plus three years on licence for the same offence. Doane Young, 19 of Barking Road, E13 was sentenced to 12 years for grievous bodily harm with intent.

All three were convicted on Friday, 5 July following a trial at the same court.

The court heard how the three targeted their victim, a 17-year-old man, as he stood outside a youth centre in Woodgrange Road, E7 shortly before 17:30hrs on 12 October 2018.

Talib, Demontagnac and Young, who were all armed with knives, cycled up to the victim as he chatted with friends outside the youth centre.

Brandishing their weapons, they chased the victim into the youth centre before cornering him in a corridor and attacking him.

During the frenzied attack, Demontagnac dropped his knife but retrieved it before inflicting more injuries on the victim. The three then ran from the scene leaving their victim with stab injuries to his head, back, chest, groin and thighs.

The victim was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery which ultimately saved his life.

Talib, Demontagnac and Young were quickly identified from CCTV within the centre and subsequently arrested and charged.

Detective Constable Ben Harland of the North East Command Unit led the investigation and said: “The ferocity of this attack was truly shocking and it is only by a combination of luck, and the skill of the medical teams at hospital, that this incident did not have fatal consequences.