Five men have been convicted after a teenager was brutally stabbed in a busy street in Hackney.
The incident occurred at Broadway Market on July 30, 2020, at 11.23pm while many people were enjoying a night out.
A 15-year-old was found with multiple stab wounds and he was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Members of the public who were at the scene were so frightened they ran away and some even thought the incident was a terrorist attack.
22 calls were made to the police by eyewitnesses and police arrived within four minutes.
The suspects fled the scene before the police arrived and after an extensive search, a large machete was found nearby.
A task force set up in response to the attack uncovered CCTV footage of the culprits actively searching for their target.
From August 2020 to May 2021 a number of early morning raids took place on the identified suspects.
William Guy, 17, was arrested and charged in October 2020.
Another 17-year-old was arrested and charged on May 15, 2020.
Kyle Taylor, Courtney Paul and a 15-year-old male were all arrested and charged on August 20, 2020.
The same knife that was seen on CCTV was found in Paul’s bedroom when he was arrested.
The jury heard that the group had travelled to London Fields with an armed machete where they chased the victim down Broadway Market where he was stabbed repeatedly with bottles and chairs thrown at him.
The jury also heard how the suspects had googled stabbing on their phones to read about it in the news.
A photo of the victim was saved on Paul’s phone but he denied any knowledge of it being there.
The investigation also uncovered how William Guy, the 15-year-old and the 17-year-old were part of a Snapchat group called “The real A team” where they discussed the attack and the risk of them being caught.
Both Guy and Paul claimed they were acting in self-defence.
Police Constable Cal Gregory, of the Hackney Gangs Task Force, said: “This was a horrifying incident for the victim and the many members of the public who were in the area at the time enjoying their evening.
“The CCTV speaks for itself and shows the stark reality and impact of knife crime on the wider community.
“It is worrying to see the young ages of defendants who were armed with machetes.
“The victim was also charged separately as a main aggressor in the stabbing. The incident was born out of rival groups looking to get one up on the other, however the suspects claimed they were acting in self-defence.
“Tackling violence is the top priority of the Met I’d like to thank the various members of the public who came forward to assist the investigation that helped hold these dangerous individuals accountable. The victim did not support a police prosecution so this sends a strong message to all violent individuals that we will pursue a case wherever possible.’’
All five individuals were convicted at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday, November 16 following a two-week trial.
They will be sentenced on February 7, 2022.
The victim was arrested in August 2020 for his part in the incident and charged with violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.
He pleaded guilty and was referred to the Hackney Youth Offender panel.