Gang member from Barking jailed over Hackney knife attack

McKenzie, who was jailed after admitting to GBH

McKenzie, who was jailed after admitting to GBH - Credit: Archant

A gang member who joined in a knife attack on a 16-year-old boy has been jailed for 10 years.

Lascall McKenzie, 19, was one of a group of three who stabbed their teenage victim five times, leading to the loss of his kidney.

McKenzie, of Roxwell Road, Barking, carried out the attack with Lewis Sutherland, 21, and Pa Sillah, 20, in Hackney in March.

Their victim was left with a punctured lung and wounds to his leg and liver, as well as the injuries which left him missing a kidney.

Det Sgt Ben Hobbs, of Hackney’s violent crime unit of the Met, said: “The sole motivation for this violent attack was petty gang rivalry. This could easily have been a fatal incident.”

Police chased a getaway car from the scene of the knifing on March 20, and arrested Sutherland, but Sillah and McKenzie escaped. They were arrested two days later.

McKenzie, was caged on Friday after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

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Sutherland was jailed for 10 years after admitting GBH, and two years for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Sillah also faces 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to GBH.

A retrial of a fourth defendant is set to be held in March next year.

Det Sgt Hobbs added: “I am grateful for the assistance of members of the public at the scene, who were able to provide police with vital information that led to these convictions.

“Their willingness to take a stand against these criminals shows that the public, as well as the police, are determined to tackle gang violence.”