Machete attack leads to 12-and-a-half year jail term for Fishponds man Damion Huxtable
A DANGEROUS Bristol man who hacked at someone's head with a machete has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years.
Damion Huxtable, of The Thornhills, Fishponds, went to Catford Bridge train station in London last August 23 and got into a bloody fight with someone he knew.
A court heard how, at 6.30pm, the 31-year-old walked to the front of the station and approached the man, who was sat near the entrance with his partner and their two young children, as well as other members of the public.
Wielding a large machete which had a wooden handle a foot-long blade, Huxtable “chopped down” on the victim’s head, leaving him with a large cut to the face and two cuts to his upper body.
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The victim was treated in hospital but escaped with relatively minor injuries..
During the attack, witnesses heard Huxtable shouted: “I’m going to kill you boy. I’m going to cut your head off.”
Also known by the name Omar Brown, he was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which he denied.
Huxtable was convicted after a 10-day trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Jailing him, Judge Daniel Worsley told Huxtable he had “carried out a cold-blooded attack on a male in a public place, where women and children were present”.
The judge said the evidence against him was “overwhelming”.
Speaking afterwards, Detective Sergeant Jane Hill, who led the investigation, welcomed the conviction.
She said: “This was an horrific attack and it was only a matter of good fortune that the victim’s injuries were not more severe.
“Huxtable’s actions were appalling and he has shown no remorse during the course of his trial, which has been rightly reflected in the lengthy sentence he has received.
“Violent incidents of this nature are rare on the rail network in this area, but British Transport Police takes them very seriously when they do occur, and we will do everything in our power to identify and prosecute those responsible.”