Nando’s Brewery stabber jailed for 10 years
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A man who repeatedly stabbed a 19-year-old in a packed shopping centre restaurant has today been jailed for 10 years.
Pedrito Domingos, 20, launched a frenzied attack on Joshua Acheampong as he ate in Nando’s at the Brewery, Romford, on the afternoon of May 9.
CCTV footage showed him running into Nando’s, pulling a large kitchen knife from his trousers and holding it over his head while charging at Mr Acheampong.
A Nando’s worker came between the pair but Domingos, of Cow Bridge Lane, Barking, reached around her to continue the assault.
He then fled and was arrested minutes later near the bins outside. Mr Acheampong collapsed in the shopping centre after attempting to chase him.
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Domingos was cleared of attempted murder in October, having already pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.
Giving evidence at the trial, he admitted the stabbing, claiming it was a revenge attack after Mr Acheampong had stabbed him seven times two years ago.
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He said he was going to the cinema and saw him by coincidence in Nando’s.
Mr Acheampong denied ever seeing Domingos before.
Sentencing Domingos at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Judge David Radford said: “I accept there is no evidence you were aware the victim was going to be in the Brewery, however the previous day you had made the decision to buy the knife.
“It makes no real sense that a knife like this would have been a normal accompaniment to a visit to the cinema with a young lady.
“You say the victim was part of a gang that attacked you, yet took no steps to alert the police. The court cannot in anyway condone revenge attacks.”
A charge of possession with intent to supply cocaine was left on file.
Domingos saluted his father as he left the dock.