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Duo guilty of random knife attacks in Brick Lane

PUBLISHED: 17:25 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:31 09 May 2013

Watkins, who was found guilty of knife attacks in Brick Lane

Watkins, who was found guilty of knife attacks in Brick Lane

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Two cold blooded thugs have been found guilty of embarking on a random knife attack on a pair of total strangers.

Daniel Watkins,22, and his teenage accomplice who cannot be named for legal reasons stabbed the duo during an unprovoked spree in Brick Lane last year.

One of the victims was stabbed nine times – including through the chest – during the vicious attack.

Watkins’ ruthless accomplice, who was 16 at the time, pinned the second victim to the ground, forcing him to beg for his life while thrusting the knife down on either side of his head.

The pair then went on to punch a cyclist in the head, push him off his bike and threaten him with the knives on the same night in May last year.

Watkins, of New Union Close, Cubitt Town on the Isle of Dogs, was found guilty of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapons, assault and wounding with intent at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 26. His accomplice was found guilty of offences relating to the same incident on May 3.

Det Con Scott Pounder, who investigated the case, said: “Watkins and his fellow attacker are violent people who were fully prepared to use knives to attack and seriously harm innocent members of the public who were going about their daily lives.

“They have shown no regard for the victims and no remorse since their arrest.”

Watkins will be sentenced on June 10. His accomplice will also be sentenced in June.

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