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Teen jailed for axe attack outside court

JAILED: Bienvenu Vangu was jailed for six years yesterday (Dec 6) after violent attack

A TEENAGER who attacked two youths with an axe outside a north London court has been jailed for six years.

Bienvenu Vangu, 18, was a member of one of two rival gangs who had clashed outside of Highgate Magistrates Court during the incident in earlier this year.

The court heard that security staff became aware of rising tension between two groups of about 30 youths aged between 15 to 17-years outside the court on September 1.

They recognised a number of the youths as having attended the court on previous occasions and attempted to calm the situation down by trying to separate and disperse them.

However, the groups continued to goad one another, swearing profusely, calling out names and flicking their fingers and arms in the air.

The disorder outside the court became so bad that court users and staff were trapped inside.

It was at this point Vangu ran towards the court house and pulled an axe from a plastic bag. He raised the axe to head height and chased a 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy into the building and then ran back out into the street while wielding the axe.

The court heard that the 14-year-old fell to the floor outside the court and Vangu hacked at him four times with the axe, inflicting a deep cut to his head.

The 15-year-old victim tried to run away from the court building but was chased by Vangu who attacked him again with the weapon.

Mobile phone footage, captured by a member of the public, showed Vangu catching up with the teen and inflicting heavy blows upon his back with the axe.

Once the defendant had left the scene the 14-year-old was dragged into the foyer of the court house where staff administered initial first aid.

The axe was later recovered by police hidden nearby in some bushes. 

Vangu of Essex, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday (Dec 14) and was jailed, having pleaded guilty on November 16 to wounding with intent, attempted wounding with intent, violent disorder and possessing a bladed article, namely an axe, in a public place. 

"The defendant has lived a life of gang culture and violence and has a great many previous convictions for violent offences. He showed complete disregard for law and order or for the safety of any other member of public that may have been in the area while he ran around violently swinging his axe at the victims. The injuries that he inflicted could have been far more serious,” 
said Detective Superintendent Gurdip Singh.

Speaking directly to Vanguon sentencing, Judge Morrisson said the fact the "injuries sustained were not as serious as they could have been" was "a matter of very good fortune for them and as a consequence for you."

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