ZIMBA JAILED 17 YEARS IN THE UK


A young Zimbabwean man has been jailed 17 years after a ferocious gang attack. Tafadzwa Katsande, 21, was locked up after him and his gang stabbed Marcus Quashie with machetes as he sat in the driver's seat of a car.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 23-year-old victim only survived due to quick medical intervention and his injuries, including a fractured spine, have changed his life.

Prosecutor John Elvidge QC said a number of phone calls were made between a member of Katsande's gang and Garbutt shortly after 9.30pm on on April 28 this year .

Minutes later, Katsande and three others went to meet Garbutt at the junction of Smith's Avenue and Carr Street in Marsh while armed with machetes.

Jurors were shown CCTV footage of Katsande, who the court heard 'saw red', going over to Garbutt's associate Mr Quashie who was sitting in a Citro├źn on the street. The court heard Katsande launched a 'ferocious' attack on Mr Quashie, thrusting his machete at least 10 times through the driver's window which had been smashed.

Mr Quashie's attackers fled the scene with their weapons and he drove several feet up the street to his home before collapsing.

Katsande also attempted to hide forensic evidence and the teenager discarded his blood-stained clothes close to his mother's house.

In a statement read to the court, the victim said: "I honestly thought my time was up and I was going to die." He spent a week in intensive care and had to undergo multiple surgeries.

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