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Man jailed for east London machete attack

News   •   Sep 24, 2019 17:00 BST

[Jailed: Dominic Cummins]

A man who carried out a violent machete attack against another male in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for eight years.

Dominic Cummins, 21 (28.10.97) of Invicta Close, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment on Tuesday, 24 September at Snaresbrook Crown Court. 

He was previously found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon on Thursday, 15 August at the same court.

The court heard that at around 16:15hrs on 21 May 2018, three males were driving along Bow Common Lane when they stopped at a set of traffic lights.

Cummins, who was riding a moped, recognised the men in the car and pulled up onto the pavement before getting off of the moped. 

He pulled a large machete from his trousers and walked towards the car. The driver [Male 1] and passenger [Male 2] got out and were briefly chased by Cummins on foot towards St Pauls’ Way until they escaped.

Cummins returned to the car which was still stopped at the traffic lights. As he opened the rear door, a third man [Male 3] who had been in the back of the car brandished his own blade at Cummins. However, he dropped it, tripped over and fell to the ground. 

Cummins proceeded to attack this man with the machete multiple times, slashing his arms, chest, and head, causing him to suffer significant blood loss.

The victim got back into the car and drove off. Cummins fled the scene on his moped heading northbound on Bow Common Lane. It is unknown where the other two men went. 

Officers received intelligence that Cummins was responsible for the incident, and he was later arrested on 14 June 2018. 

Detective Constable Andrew Bray, of the Met’s Central East CID, said: “This was a vicious attack and the victim is extremely lucky to walk away with his life. Cummins carried out this brutal attack in broad daylight, leaving passers-by fleeing in panic and in fear for their own lives.

“Cummins is a violent individual and I’m grateful to the jury and witnesses for helping us to secure this conviction.”