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Machete attacker jailed for 18 years over ‘horrific’ Tooting attack

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 03/03/2021 John Dunne

A man has been jailed for 18 years for an “horrific” machete attack which left his victim with life changing injuries to his arm.

Noor Kayani, 37, attacked the man after a clash on Tooting High Street in June 2020.

He knew his victim and stole his phone before slashing him with a machete causing a deep laceration, Kingston Crown Court had heard.

Kayani was sentenced to 18 years for wounding with intent, having an article with a blade or point, and possession of a controlled Class B drug, at a hearing on Friday.

He punched his victim, 32, in the face as well as slashing him before running away from the scene.

Kayani was arrested after he was traced to his home address in Wandsworth on Tuesday, 23 June, last year and was later charged and remanded in custody.

A refuse collector had recovered the machete which after forensic analysis was linked to Kayani.

The victim underwent surgery and was advised he would need months of rehabilitation having suffered nerve damage, which continues to affect him to this day.

Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Tayler-Rose Mayhew, lead investigator, said: “I am delighted that we have secured such a significant sentence for what was an atrocious attack that took place in the street in broad daylight. Kayani denied any involvement but we were able to prove beyond doubt that he was responsible.

“This brutal incident was the result of a petty argument between the two men involving a woman known to both of them.

“The victim had thought they would settle the dispute verbally and was completely unprepared for the nightmarish situation that would ensue.

“He has been left with life-changing physical injuries, and will also bear the mental scars for a long time to come.

“Kayani’s sentencing is a prime example that the South West Command Unit will not tolerate violence in our streets. We will work 24/7 with our partners in the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that those responsible are punished to the full extent of the law.”

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