Feb 6 2013 By Hannah Raven
THREE teenagers have been jailed following a spate of violent crimes in Uxbridge, in which two people were stabbed and a woman threatened with a knife.
Alex Hall, 18, of Warwick Road, West Drayton, Michael Fletcher, 18, of Burns Avenue, Southall, and Aaron Smith, 19, of no fixed abode, were sentenced to a total of 33 years at Wood Green Crown Court on January 18 following an eight-day trial.
Detective Constable Lauren Brown, who investigated the case, said: “This trial highlights how seriously violent crimes are taken by the justice system and I am pleased with the sentences given to these three men.
“I also want to acknowledge the bravery shown by the victims, who will obviously be haunted by the terror and pain inflicted on them. Hopefully these lengthy sentences will provide closure for them.”
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, 2012, Fletcher and Hall approached three teenagers in Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge, and demanded they hand over their mobile phones and wallets.
When one victim defended himself, Fletcher kicked and punched him and stabbed him in the leg.
Hall held a screwdriver to the necks of the two other victims as he stole their mobile phones.
On the evening of Friday, June 8, Fletcher and Smith approached a 19-year-old youth in Nursery Lane, Uxbridge, and stole his wallet.
As the victim struggled, Fletcher stabbed him three times in the thigh and Smith stabbed him in the chest, puncturing his lung and narrowly missing other major organs.
The pair read out the victim’s name and address from his driving licence and said if he spoke to anyone, they would kill him.
They told him to ‘crawl away’.
The victim was found in Kingston Lane by three people, who took him to hospital.
On Saturday, June 9, Fletcher and Smith broke into a house in Bosanquet Close, Uxbridge.
A passer-by reported seeing two men acting suspiciously and took photos of them breaking into the house.
When the alarm sounded, the pair ran off and the home-owner returned to wait for a security company to secure her front door.
A few hours later Fletcher and Smith returned to find the victim alone in the house. They threatened her at knifepoint, forced her upstairs and demanded money.
As she tried to get away, she stumbled down the stairs, breaking her ankle.
The thieves removed her wedding ring as she lay injured and stole money and her mobile phone.
Smith was convicted of robbery and grievous bodily harm (GBH), and sentenced to a total of 15 years (12 years’ imprisonment and three years on licence).
Fletcher was sentenced to a total of 15 years (13 years’ imprisonment and two years on licence) for offences including robbery, GBH, aggravated burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
Hall was sentenced to be detained for three years at a young offenders’ institution for two counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery.