Teenager 'stabbed by gang rival' moments before appearing in court


Last updated at 16:20 27 March 2008

A teenager calmly walked into a youth court before staff overheard his boasts about stabbing a gang rival who was shortly due to appear before magistrates, it emerged last night.

The brazen thug entered Croydon Youth Court just after 10.20am on Wednesday morning before making his shocking confession to another youngster.

It is understood that the black youth had stabbed his rival under the arm as he was walking towards the courts complex and through the Fairfield Halls car park.

The injured youth had been due to appear before magistrates that morning on gang related charges but had his lung punctured in the attack.

Moments after the vicious assault his attacker was seen running into Croydon Magistrates Court.

It was then that a member of staff heard him confessing to another youngster in the court that he had carried out the knife attack.

When approached by a member of the court staff the youth ran out of the building and jumped onto a bicycle before cycling away from the area.

Last night police were studying CCTV footage from the court complex which is thought to have captured images of the young offender.

His victim was later treated for his injuries at the Mayday Hospital.

Last night a Metropolitan police spokesman said: "Officers were called on Wednesday at 10.21 am to the road outside Fairfield Hall, Croydon, to reports of a stabbing.

"London Ambulance Service was called but there was no victim at the scene.

"Police then spoke to a South London hospital who confirmed a 16-year-old boy suffering a stab wound under the arm had made his way to the hospital.

"His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

"It is believed the suspect is a young black man, about 5ft tall, wearing a jacket with a hood who was seen to ride off on a pedal cycle in the direction of East Croydon station."

A spokesman for the Courts Service added: "The victim was due to appear before the youth court. Shortly after the incident another young man briefly entered the youth court reception area.

"Croydon Magistrates' Court CCTV cameras caught footage of the person believed to be the attacker outside the court and the film has been passed onto the police.

"HMCS is taking the incident very seriously and will continue to assist the police with their investigation."

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