Ernest Moyo had his arms and legs amputated after developing an infection from stab wounds

(Left to right:) Trey Johnson, Dominic Brookes, Jeramiah Reynolds and Patrick Brookes all denied the offence

(Left to right:) Trey Johnson, Dominic Brookes, Jeramiah Reynolds and Patrick Brookes all denied the offence

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An unemployed man from Walthamstow has been jailed along with three others for a knife attack which resulted in the victim having both his legs and arms amputated.

Jeremiah Reynolds, 26, of Ascham End, student Dominic Brookes, 19, from Croydon, and Trey Johnson, 18, from Worthing, were all sentenced to 15 years in jail at Hove Crown Court yesterday.

Patrick Brookes, 27, of Worthing was jailed for 16 years, with all four men being found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent in August of last year and March 2014.

Ernest Moyo, who was 25 at the time, was stabbed three times during a row about a mobile phone following a party in Worthing on August 11 2012.

Mr Moyo, also known as Joe, was stabbed once in the leg and twice in the stomach and left for dead in the middle of the road before emergency services were alerted and took him to hospital, where he developed an infection.

Doctors were left with no choice but to amputate Mr Moyo's arms and legs after the infection spread to his vital organs.

Mr Moyo had little recollection of the near-fatal stabbing and he was initially told he had been in a car crash.

Mr Moyo now uses prosthetic limbs. 

Detective Constable Laura Sinden said: "I have been with Joe and his family throughout the investigation and the trial and pleased for them that these four people have been brought to justice.

"Each of the men has received significant sentences for their involvement in what happened that night.

"The attack happened after a row about a mobile phone and escalated into a young man almost losing his life.

"This was a vicious attack that left Joe fighting for his life in the middle of the road. We have worked hard, and with the support of Joe's family, to bring these men to justice."

Mr Moyo's fiancée Amy thanked the doctors, nurses and police.

She said: "For two to three months every day both our families visited him hoping and praying, before finally he was taken off the life support.

"Joe and myself will have to deal with his injuries everyday for the rest of our lives as we make a future together, making our lives totally different from what they would have been.

"We would all like to thank all the nurses, doctors and surgeons at the hospitals for all their care and support that they gave to Joe.

"We would also like to thank Sussex Police and are relieved that four people have now been held accountable for their actions and will now face many years in prison."

Patrick Brookes was arrested on the night and charged the following day. Nine days later, Reynolds, Brookes and Johnson were arrested and charged with GBH with intent.

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8:59am Tue 17 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

So for this appalling crime the will be out in about 8 years. There is something seriously wrong in this country where a man loses all his limbs over a mobile phone worth a few pounds and the offenders get off effectively with the same sentence of a serious fraud case.

These knife crimes are just not being taken seriously and I wonder how many time this group had been let off with paltry sentences before this incident.

People caught with a knife should be sent straight to gaol if convicted.
So for this appalling crime the will be out in about 8 years. There is something seriously wrong in this country where a man loses all his limbs over a mobile phone worth a few pounds and the offenders get off effectively with the same sentence of a serious fraud case. These knife crimes are just not being taken seriously and I wonder how many time this group had been let off with paltry sentences before this incident. People caught with a knife should be sent straight to gaol if convicted. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 14

12:29pm Tue 17 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

No they shouldn't, because then our prisons would be full of kids caught with penknives, as well as kids carrying knives because they are scared witless when walking the streets.

The Coalition cannot implement automatic jail terms even for a second knife possession offense because they cut the prisons budget by 30% and there are no places left. Make of that what you will.
No they shouldn't, because then our prisons would be full of kids caught with penknives, as well as kids carrying knives because they are scared witless when walking the streets. The Coalition cannot implement automatic jail terms even for a second knife possession offense because they cut the prisons budget by 30% and there are no places left. Make of that what you will. stickmanny
  • Score: -13

12:47pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
No they shouldn't, because then our prisons would be full of kids caught with penknives, as well as kids carrying knives because they are scared witless when walking the streets.

The Coalition cannot implement automatic jail terms even for a second knife possession offense because they cut the prisons budget by 30% and there are no places left. Make of that what you will.
Stickmanny, friend of the bad guys.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: No they shouldn't, because then our prisons would be full of kids caught with penknives, as well as kids carrying knives because they are scared witless when walking the streets. The Coalition cannot implement automatic jail terms even for a second knife possession offense because they cut the prisons budget by 30% and there are no places left. Make of that what you will.[/p][/quote]Stickmanny, friend of the bad guys. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Try making a sensible contribution
Try making a sensible contribution stickmanny
  • Score: -3

2:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
Try making a sensible contribution
You were defending the associates of Lee Rigby's killers last week, utterly deplorable.

You would not know what a sensible contribution was even if it had bells and whistles attached.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Try making a sensible contribution[/p][/quote]You were defending the associates of Lee Rigby's killers last week, utterly deplorable. You would not know what a sensible contribution was even if it had bells and whistles attached. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

5:45pm Tue 17 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

It would be utterly deplorable, were it true.

What a strain on your heart it must be getting all outraged over nothing the whole time.
It would be utterly deplorable, were it true. What a strain on your heart it must be getting all outraged over nothing the whole time. stickmanny
  • Score: -6

6:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

tjm01 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
So for this appalling crime the will be out in about 8 years. There is something seriously wrong in this country where a man loses all his limbs over a mobile phone worth a few pounds and the offenders get off effectively with the same sentence of a serious fraud case. These knife crimes are just not being taken seriously and I wonder how many time this group had been let off with paltry sentences before this incident. People caught with a knife should be sent straight to gaol if convicted.
Very rare that I agree with C.B but in this instance he's bang on, there has to an introduction of mandatory sentencing for knife and gun crimes, and if this causes our jails to overfill then so be it, this together with sevring complete sentences and no remission for convicted knife and gun criminals will be the first positive step in tackeling knife,gun,and gang crimes
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: So for this appalling crime the will be out in about 8 years. There is something seriously wrong in this country where a man loses all his limbs over a mobile phone worth a few pounds and the offenders get off effectively with the same sentence of a serious fraud case. These knife crimes are just not being taken seriously and I wonder how many time this group had been let off with paltry sentences before this incident. People caught with a knife should be sent straight to gaol if convicted.[/p][/quote]Very rare that I agree with C.B but in this instance he's bang on, there has to an introduction of mandatory sentencing for knife and gun crimes, and if this causes our jails to overfill then so be it, this together with sevring complete sentences and no remission for convicted knife and gun criminals will be the first positive step in tackeling knife,gun,and gang crimes tjm01
  • Score: 3

7:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

If you think punishment and retribution are what's need then you may be right. But since 70% of teenagers sent to jail end up being sent there a second time it seems to me something else is needed
If you think punishment and retribution are what's need then you may be right. But since 70% of teenagers sent to jail end up being sent there a second time it seems to me something else is needed stickmanny
  • Score: -3

11:09am Thu 19 Jun 14

tjm01 says...

They get sent a second time because the first time was too short, too easy, and too cosy
They get sent a second time because the first time was too short, too easy, and too cosy tjm01
  • Score: 5

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