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Ilford teen jailed after stabbing two people during fight in Brighton park

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 October 2018

Kai Zanre, 18, of Eastern Avenue, Ilford, has been jailed for four years and eight months. Photo: Sussex Police

Kai Zanre, 18, of Eastern Avenue, Ilford, has been jailed for four years and eight months. Photo: Sussex Police

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An Ilford teenager has been jailed for more than four years after stabbing two other teens with an 11-inch knife in a park in Brighton.

Kai Zanre, 18, of Eastern Avenue, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife in a public place when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on October 16.

He was jailed for four years and eight months at the same court on Wednesday, October 24.

The court heard that Zanre was one of three people involved in a fight at The Level – a Green Flag awarded park that includes a skate park and water fountain feature for children to play in – at around 11.43am on Monday, September 17.

He stabbed two of those involved in the fight with a 11-inch knife.

The pair were taken to hospital for emergency treatment and were later released.

The dispute was believed to be drug-related.

Det Insp Simon Morgan, of Sussex Police, said: “The two who suffered stab wounds as a result of this altercation have been lucky as their injuries could have been a lot worse.

“Carrying a knife does not provide protection, but in fact makes you vulnerable, and as in this case, can place yourself and others in serious harm.

“Many people are still unaware of the consequences of carry a knife. Getting caught in possession of a knife in a public place could mean up to five years in prison and a greater sentence if you use it to inflict harm.”

An 18-year-old man from Pinner arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, possession with intent to supply a drug of Class A - heroin, possession with intent to supply a drug of Class B - cannabis, possession of knife or sharp pointed article in a public place and robbery following the incident on September 17 has been rebailed until November 14.

A 16-year-old boy from Brighton who was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession with intent to supply cannabis has been released without charge.


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