Jailed: Brixton twins who stabbed and beat teen outside birthday party

Mark Chandler
'Callous and brutal': Brandon Joseph and twin brother Taylor were part of the gang that attacked the 15-year-old: Met Police

A pair of twins who stabbed and beat a 15-year-old outside a south London birthday party in a “brutal and callous” gang attack have been jailed for nearly 10 years.

Taylor and Brandon Joseph were part of a masked gang who confronted the teen outside a family party full of young children in Hardel Walk, Brixton.

The youngster was chased by the armed youths who, after demanding to know where he was from, launched a savage attack with baseball bats, poles and knives.

Their attack only stopped when a passing car sounded its horn and they fled into nearby streets.

The boy collapsed in a stairwell with multiple stab wounds to his leg, arm and back, leaving him with a punctured lung and stomach.

He needed two operations and spent 10 days in hospital after the attack on October 3 2015. The teen required rehabilitative treatment in the months afterwards and still has nerve damage in his shoulder

Taylor Joseph has been convicted of GBH with intent (Met Police)

In July 2016, eight people were charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. All were aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the attack.

On Friday, Brandon Joseph, 18, of Ewen Crescent, Brixton, was jailed for five years after being convicted of GBH with intent at Inner London Crown Court.

His brother was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Two 16-year-old boys, one from Penge, the other from Brixton, were jailed for four years, and a 16-year-old from Clapham received a two year suspended sentence.

A 17-year-old boy from Streatham is yet to be sentenced.

Detective Constable Danni Wilgoss of Brixton CID said: "This was a brutal and callous attack that, were it not for the quick actions and expertise of paramedics and the aid from members of the public, could have resulted in the loss of a teenage boy's life.

"Those who carried out this attack did so for no apparent reason other than the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They took shelter in numbers and showed a total disregard for the safety - and life - of the victim.”

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