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Dagenham teenager Ce-jay Furzer jailed for brutal stabbing that led victim to lose leg

PUBLISHED: 15:58 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:42 15 December 2017

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Images

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Images

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A Dagenham teenager has been jailed for a brutal stabbing that led his 18-year-old victim to lose his leg and suffer horrific injuries.

Tyler Dawson lost his leg after being stabbed in the groin, pictured here with mum Kerry Dawson. Picture: Ken MearsTyler Dawson lost his leg after being stabbed in the groin, pictured here with mum Kerry Dawson. Picture: Ken Mears

Ce-jay Furzer, 17, was sentenced to nine years and 10 months in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday.

He can be named for the first time today after the Barking and Dagenham Post applied for reporting restrictions in the case to be lifted.

Furzer knifed 18-year-old victim Tyler Dawson in the groin during a vicious assault in Blackborne Road, Dagenham, on June 23.

Mr Dawson suffered critical injuries and was in intensive care for four weeks.

His right leg was amputated above the knee as a result of his wounds and police said he only survived the attack due to his “fighting spirit”.

An investigation was launched by detectives from East Area CID, and Furzer was arrested in Dagenham later the same evening and charged the following day.

He pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm at a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November when the judge described his crime as a “grave offence”.

Judge Oscar Del Fabbro said CCTV footage showing Furzer’s movements after the stabbing had raised questions about his “attitude and personal remorse”.

He said: “It suggests a degree of indifference and worryingly a degree of assuredness in changing his top, getting rid of the weapon - which has never been recovered. These are all matters that trouble me enormously.”

But he acknowledged the 17-year-old was of “previous good character and had not offended before”.

Detective Constable Chris Christoforou, of East Area CID, said: “This attack has left the victim with life-changing injuries, and it is only through his fighting spirit that he did not die as a result of the stabbing.

“The assailant has shown no remorse throughout the investigation and only pleaded guilty after seeing the CCTV that had been obtained.

“We are pleased with the sentence that has been passed. We can only hope this gives the victim some kind of comfort and enables him to move on with his life.”

Mr Dawson’s mother, Kerry Dawson, said the sentence was more than the family “had dared hope for” and praised police’s handling of the case.

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