Teen sentenced for horrific machete attack in Northampton
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A teenager has been jailed for more than 10 years after being convicted of a homophobic stabbing in Northampton which left a man fighting for his life.
Ibraim Tourey-Drammeh, aged 17, was charged with grievous bodily harm over an attack which took place in the early evening of August 7, 2018, in St Katherine’s Gardens.
Police officers responding to reports of a fight between a group of men arrived to find a man suffering a serious abdominal wound, through which his internal organs were protruding.
After they gave first aid at the scene, the victim was placed in an induced coma and taken by air ambulance to University Hospital Coventry, where he underwent extensive surgery.
Last Thursday, May 23, following a trial at Northampton Crown Court, Tourey-Drammeh, of Birmingham, was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison for section 18 wounding with intent, with a minimum term of seven years set by the judge.
Speaking after the sentencing, the officer in the case, Detective Constable Ryan Tilly, of Northampton CID, said: “This is a great result, and especially so for the victim, who was targeted in a random, hate-fuelled attack and suffered a serious, life-changing injury which still causes him issues today.
“It’s only thanks to the swift response of the officers who provided first aid at the scene that this defendant was not looking at a murder charge, as their actions undoubtedly saved the victim’s life.
“This conviction also represents a huge amount of investigative work within Northamptonshire Police and I’d like to thank all the officers and staff whose hard work has helped to secure this result. I hope this sentence can begin to provide a sense of justice for the victim.
“The sentence sends a clear message about the penalties for carrying a knife and becoming involved in gang-related knife crime.”
Reporting restrictions, which had previously prevented the naming of Tourey-Drammeh as a juvenile, were lifted at his sentencing.
A second man, Perry Bentley, 23, of Isleworth, Hounslow, was also charged with offences in connection with the incident, and on March 22 this year he was jailed for 20 months after admitting possessing a bladed article in public. He was also sentenced to seven days for criminal damage.