Four jailed for attack on pas­sen­ger

Vic­tim bru­tally beaten for chal­leng­ing gang for us­ing abu­sive lan­guage in front of chil­dren

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Danya Bazaraa danya.bazaraa@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FOUR men have been jailed for a bru­tal attack on a 20-year-old man who chal­lenged them for us­ing ‘abu­sive and of­fen­sive’ lan­guage in front of bus pas­sen­gers and chil­dren.

The as­sault oc­curred on Au­gust 10 last sum­mer, af­ter the vic­tim got off the bus in Uxbridge. He was punched in the head and knifed dur­ing the hor­rific attack.

De­tec­tives at Hilling­don CID re­trieved cru­cial CCTV ev­i­dence at the scene, which cap­tured the en­tire attack and, as a re­sult, all four men were lo­cated and ar­rested within a mat­ter of hours.

Ethan Fredrick, 19, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 10 years at Isle­worth Crown Court on April 10 for af­fray, at­tempted GBH, pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon and breaching his bail con­di­tions.

The three oth­ers who had been sen­tenced on Fe­bru­ary 6 in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, are: Kieron Jor­dan Benoit, 23, of no fixed abode, who was jailed for 27 months for af­fray; Alex Hall, 20, of Scotts Road, Southall, who was jailed for two years for af­fray and theft (steal­ing the vic­tim’s jacket); and Iane John An­thony Lester, 23, of Wise Lane, West Dray­ton, who was jailed for two years for af­fray.

The court heard how at 9.30am on the day of the attack, the vic­tim chal­lenged the group’s be­hav­iour on the top deck of a rail re­place­ment ser­vice bus from East­cote to Uxbridge town cen­tre.

The group had been us­ing racially of­fen­sive lan­guage and were swear­ing loudly in front of pas­sen­gers of all ages, in­clud­ing young chil­dren. The vic­tim asked them to con­sider their lan­guage, which was met with im­me­di­ate anger from the group.

When the vic­tim got off the bus and walked along an al­ley­way from York Road, all four sus­pects fol­lowed and con­fronted him.

The vic­tim made an at­tempt to get away, how­ever Fred­er­ick lunged at the vic­tim with a knife, slash­ing him on the neck. All four men left the scene, leav­ing the vic­tim in­jured. A wit­ness called po­lice and the Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

The vic­tim was treated in hos­pi­tal for a cut to the neck and has since made a good re­cov­ery.

(From left) Kieron Jor­dan Benoit, Ethan Fredrick, Alex Hall and Iane John An­thony Lester; (be­low) the vic­tim

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