Du'wayne Holness stabbing: Mother of man knifed six times at niece's 14th birthday party calls for tougher knife crime sentences

Fiona Simpson
Loving uncle: Du'wayne Holness was knifed six times at his nieces 14th birthday party: Facebook/Du'wayne Holness

The mother of a man repeatedly stabbed by thugs who gatecrashed his niece’s 14th birthday party has called for tougher sentences for youths carrying knives.

Du’wayne Holness, now 26, was knifed repeatedly as he tried to usher out more than 150 people after the party in south Croydon got out of control.

He was stabbed six times, with two blows to his heart stopped by his leather jacket and left fighting for life following the attack in January last year.

Party-goers described how hooded attackers climbed fences at the family’s home in Nottingham Road and set-upon Mr Holness as he asked them to leave.

On Friday, Shaquille Badley-Allen, 28, was jailed for 15 years over the stabbing, at Croydon Crown Court.

Shaquille Badley-Allen has been jailed for 11 years for the attack (Met Police)

A 14-year-old was sentenced to seven years and eight months in a juvenile detention centre.

Mr Holness’s mum, Cherry Livingstone told the Standard she was “amazed” by the sentences and called on judges to impose harsher punishments on youths caught with weapons.

The 65-year-old said: “We are overjoyed, I was hoping he (the 18-year-old) would get eight years but 15 (years) is more than we could have asked for. Some people get less than that for murder.

“I have been in the court every day I could as soon as the sun was up. It had been a horrible year for my family and now we can move on.

“This is what we should be seeing. It has gotten more out of control and more violent in Croydon.

“These youths need to be taught a lesson. Even as grown-ups now, you’re scared to go out with a handbag in case something happens.”

The grandmother described her family’s “torture” on the first anniversary of the stabbing – her granddaughter Tai’ler Fraser’s 15th birthday.

She said: “It should be a day of celebration, a 15th birthday, but I said I did not want to go out. I did not want to be reminded of a day when my son nearly lost his life. It brought back all those memories.

“My granddaughter she kept a low profile. She has blamed herself. It is no way for a young girl to feel.”

On the day of the attack, 150 people descended on the birthday party despite only 60 “good people” being invited, Tai’ler’s mother Shurleene Fraser told the Standard.

She said that as the adults began to close down the party, a group of eight youths tried to get in.

“We have a side exit and the door was open for fresh air. Someone called and said to them, ‘jump over the wall’. That’s how they got in. Three of them had knives,” she added.

She said Mr Holness, an entrepreneur, was stabbed as he tried to push them out. A boy was also slashed in the arm with a knife inside the house.

On Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy was left fighting for life after being stabbed multiple times in a car park in Wandle Street, Croydon.

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Friday.

At least 10 people have been stabbed to death in the capital so far this year.

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