James Bascoe-Smith: Men who stabbed teen and left him ‘dead’ for nearly an hour sentenced to life in prison

James Bascoe-Smith

James Bascoe-Smith: Men who stabbed teen and left him ‘dead’ for nearly an hour sentenced to life in prison

Two guys were given life sentences for stabbing a boy and leaving him almost dead for over an hour.

When James Bascoe-Smith was attacked last year, he was just 17 years old. As a result, he now uses a wheelchair and has communication difficulties.

At the Old Bailey, James watched as his two attackers received sentences for murder conspiracy while being surrounded by family and friends.

Leon Rashid, 20, was given a life sentence with a minimum of 14 years in prison, while Taiquane Lewis, 19, received a life sentence with a minimum of 13 years in prison.

Rashid had also been held responsible for possessing a dangerous weapon.

It was a “well organized attack,” according to the court.

“You picked James, a completely innocent adolescent who had no connection to the 410 (gang) and was only checking a bicycle to make sure it was secure for his mother to ride.

This would have been a murder trial if not for the medical intervention.

He is only a shell of his former self and will never be able to resume leading a typical life.

 

Stephanie Paez-Lopez, a third defendant, was exonerated of aiding an offender by disposing of a Range Rover that was used in the attack. Stephanie is a 20-year-old woman.

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Victim video called his mother as he effectively died

On February 23rd of last year, masked men attacked James in Brixton, south London, while he was test-riding a bike for his mother.

Before being saved in a hospital, he effectively died in the street outside of his house while video-calling her from his cell phone as he lay on the ground.

Prior to being released from the hospital after 174 days, he worked on his recuperation at home, where he recently completed 100 sit-ups while using a wheelchair.

‘Since the attack my life has changed’

James questioned why the defendants chose to target him in a pre-recorded video that was aired at the hearing, as well as whether they now “felt awful.”

He recalled screaming out for his mother and pleading with the assailants to stop while he was being stabbed.

“I don’t really recall anything, and for six months following the incident, I was unable to speak.

“Life has altered for me since the incident.

They’ve prevented me from getting a driver’s license, going on my first vacation with my pals to celebrate turning 18, coaching gymnastics, working, and becoming a music producer when I was studying this in college.

They’ve prevented me from getting a driver’s license, going on my first vacation with my pals to celebrate turning 18, coaching gymnastics, working, and becoming a music producer when I was studying this in college.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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