Two men who were involved in a violent knife fight on the London Underground, have been sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

Both had previously been convicted at Southwark Crown Court. Their convictions and sentences are as follows:

Joseph Dunkley, aged 46, of Florence Road, Plaistow.

Found guilty by jury of affray, violent disorder, unlawful malicious wounding and GBH with intent. He has previously pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon. Appeared at Southwark Crown Court today (11/05) and he was handed an eight year prison sentence.

Samuel Gbo, aged 18, of White Hart Lane, Wood Green (who was 17 at the time of the offence). 

Pleaded guilty to charges of violent disorder, possession of an offensive weapon and unlawful malicious wounding. On 16 March at Southwark Crown Court he was handed a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months. He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Shortly before 5.30am on 5 August last year, Dunkley was at Brixton Underground station in south London.

He was approached by an unknown man and following a heated exchange of words, they engaged in a physical altercation. During the fight, Dunkley made lunges towards the unknown man with a knife.

The unknown man ran away and Dunkley walked into Brixton station, heading towards a Victoria Line train.

Meanwhile, a group of males, including 18-year-old Samuel Gbo, entered Brixton station, walking towards the Victoria Line platforms. On board a northbound service, Dunkley confused Gbo with someone else he knew, becoming violent and aggressive.

During the journey towards Stockwell, Dunkley threatened the group of men with a knife and then stabbed Gbo. The 18-year-old man also produced a knife and stabbed Dunkley twice on the arm. Throughout the Tube journey the violent disorder between the group of men and Dunkley continued.

At Stockwell the disorder spilled onto platform. Police attended alongside paramedics from the London Ambulance Service.

Following extensive CCTV enquiries, officers were able to piece together the events which led to the violence occurring. They were also able to identify the defendants brandishing knives.

Investigating officer PC Neil Lane from British Transport Police, said: “Armed with knives, these defendants unleashed a shocking display of violence on board the Victoria Line train. They lunged at each other, inflicting serious wounds which required medical attention.

“Passengers using this early morning service were unsurprisingly frightened by this aggressive and atrocious violence.

“Knife crime will never be tolerated on the London Underground network, and today’s sentence shows the consequence of knife crime. The Tube network is rich with CCTV, and we use this vital evidence to identify offenders and bring them before the courts. Those individuals who are intent on carrying knives should see this sentence as a deterrent to this reckless behaviour.”

Siwan Hayward, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “This violent fight was truly shocking and we have worked with the police to bring the perpetrators to justice. Thankfully instances of knife crime on our network are very low and this sentencing shows it will not be tolerated.

“London’s transport network is a safe, low crime environment, where very few of the 15 million journeys made each day involve anyone experiencing or witnessing a crime. Customer and staff safety is our top priority, which is why we invest in a comprehensive network of 12,000 cameras across the Tube network and dedicated transport police officers.”

CCTV captured the moment the fight happened.

Four other defendants (listed below) were each found not guilty of violent disorder during earlier trials.

• William Able, aged 23, of Rosenau Roadm, Wandsworth
• Yves Balou Dalley, aged 20, of Piquet Road, Penge
• Jean-Phillipe Kima, aged 25, of High Street, Brent
• Mandela Gbo, aged 25 of no fixed address.

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