Four guilty of violent disorder following St John Street ‘gang fight’
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Four young men have been found guilty of violent disorder after an alleged gang fight where a young man was stabbed in St John Street in October.
Christopher Moran, 21, had already pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article but was today found guilty of violent disorder at Blackfriars Crown Court.
David Liwala, 22, and a third defendant who can't be named due to his age were both found guilt of violent disorder at the same court.
Michael Dyra, of Hoxton, then 23, pleaded guilty to causing violent disorder and carrying an offensive weapon in relation to the same incident in March.
The morning after the fracas, a worker on the Spa Green, told the Gazette: "When the police turned up they taped off St John Street from the junction with Lloyds Row all the way up to Rosebery Avenue.
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"A resident came to speak to me - they said they were looking through their window and saw a group of youths.
"They saw a young man with his back to the wall with a knife in his hand.
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"He was surrounded by a group of 10 others and at least three of them had knives out."
Marcus Joyce, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a violent incident between two weapon-wielding gangs in a territorial dispute.
"The gangs chased each other through St John Street at 10.30pm, with the many witnesses around not deterring them from their actions.
"CCTV and other evidence presented to the jury, such as rap lyrics inferring involvement found on a defendant's phone, overwhelmingly proved the prosecution case. "
They are due to be sentenced on September 6.