Joshua Clements jailed for Hyde Park water fight stabbings


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Joshua Clements stabbed two men when thousands gathered in London’s Hyde park last year

A teenager who stabbed two men during a mass water fight in London’s Hyde Park has been jailed for 14 years.

Joshua Clements, 19, attacked the men as violence broke out when thousands of people gathered on 19 July last year.

The Old Bailey heard he was masked and armed with a large hunting knife, and planned to rob people at the event.

He previously pleaded guilty to two charges of wounding and having an offensive weapon as well as two counts of handling stolen goods.

Clements, who had been released from Feltham Young Offenders Institution two months before the attack, also admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent.

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Police found a hunting knife with student Audean Thompson’s DNA on it during a search of Joshua Clements’ house

The court heard how Clements stabbed student Audean Thompson, 20, in the stomach and leg.

Mr Thompson, who used a walking stick due to a previous leg injury, was left with a 4cm (1.5 inch) stab wound to the chest and had £150 taken in the attack.

The attack was captured on mobile phone footage which was played in court.

Earlier that night, male model Duane Williams, 20, was stabbed in the stomach by Clements, leaving part of his bowel lining protruding. Clements did not attempt to rob Mr Williams.

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A spontaneous water fight in Hyde Park led to violent clashes in which five officers were injured and one was stabbed

Mr Thompson wrote in a statement: “I worry people will recognise me. I have not been on a bus since.”

Mr Williams said he was left fearful about going out and his scars stopped him working as a body model.

Judge Michael Topolski QC said: “These were vicious attacks on two unarmed entirely innocent victims.”

The judge sentenced Clements to 14 years in a young offenders institution with an extended licence period of five years.



Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41124936

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