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Man jailed for screwdriver attack

A man has been jailed after a rival was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver, leaving him with severe injuries from which he is yet to recover.

Akeem Badmus, 31 (26.8.81), of Southampton Way, SE15, was part of a gang that attacked the victim in Tabard Street, SE1, on 1 March 2012.

A member of the group plunged the weapon into the victim’s head with such force that it embedded 13cm into his brain.

The victim, aged 20 at the time, is continuing a gruelling recovery and has now regained a degree of movement and speech. However, he will suffer the effects of the attack for the rest of his life.

Today, Monday 3 June, Badmus was jailed for ten years at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm on 31 May.

Detective Inspector Dave Reid, of the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “This was a savage attack that left a young man on the verge of death, and he may never fully recover. I trust that the lengthy sentence imposed by the court today will provide some consolation to the victim and his family.”

Police were called at approx 20:55hrs on Thursday 1 March 2012 to reports of a man stabbed in Tabard Street.

The victim was taken to Kings College Hospital and the initial prognosis was so pessimistic that the matter was passed to the HSCC, with an incident room opening at Sutton Police Station under Detective Chief Inspector Charles King. The investigation was called Operation Hanwell.

The incident happened when both Badmus and the victim attended the scene to take part in the filming of a music video.

An argument erupted over a small drugs debt and this was the catalyst for the stabbing.

Over the course of the next couple of months detectives arrested a total of 11 men in connection with the incident, including Badmus on 6 May. He was bailed before being charged with attempted murder on 30 November. The other 10 men were released with no further action.

During the trial the defence counsel offered a guilty plea for GBH and this was accepted by the prosecution.

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