Brick Lane knife attacker detained indefinitely in mental hospital

A thug who tried to kill a stranger and seriously injured another in a random knife attack in Brick Lane has been detained in a mental hospital indefinitely.

Reuel Davis, 18, and his friend Daniel Watkins, 22, attacked two innocent passers-by as they walked along on a night in May last year.

One victim was left lying on the ground begging for his life after being stabbed three times in the back as he tried to run away.

Watkins and Davis, a schizophrenic, then stabbed another helpless man eight times in his chest, arms, back and hand.

The pair also punched a bystander in the face for trying to stop the frenzied attack.

The second victim cheated death as one stab wound came just inches away from his heart, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard on Friday.

Judge Martyn Zeidman QC detained the teenager, from Limehouse, under the Mental Health Act to protect the public.

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“If he were released the defendant would be a danger to the public and himself,’” Judge Zeidman said.

“This is a desperately serious offence involving severe violence and there is absolutely no doubt that the defendant is genuinely unwell.”

Davis and Watkins armed themselves with a kitchen knife wrapped in a towel before making their way to Brick Lane on May 4 last year.

The pair randomly attacked their victims in the street before punching a peacemaker in the face.

Davis and Watkins were guilty of the attempted murder of the second victim, wounding the first with intent, assaulting the peacemaker and having an offensive weapon in public.

Watkins was jailed for 20 years in July for the attacks.

Davis was sentenced to a hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act, and an additional order confining him to the facility indefinitely.