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Guilty: Gang who poured ammonia down victim's throat after luring him to fake music shoot



A teenager and three men who poured the corrosive ammonia down a girl's throat and threw it over another after luring them to a fake music video shoot were today convicted.

Makayla Hajaig, 19, William Deo, 20 and Adam Badejo, 30, and a 30-year-old man were found guilty of the shocking attack in Ilford at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how on June 13 this year, Hajaig lured the victims – a man and a woman – to a home by asking them to come and make a music video for her.

Once there, the victims were ambushed, the court was told. The attackers poured the corrosive ammonia down the man's throat and splashed it over the woman's face.

Adam Badejo, 30, was found guilty of two counts of throwing a corrosive substance, two counts of robbery, one count of causing grievous bodily harm and one of the attack occasioning actual bodily harm. (Metropolitan Police)

It is believed the motive for the cruel attack was because the pair had previously worked with another man on a music video but had failed to pay him.

Officers said the man who had the noxious liquid forced his throat was put into an induced coma afterward and remained in hospital for three weeks.

He has since made a full recovery;

During the trio's trial, the court heard Hajaig had set up a fake identity, organized the meeting and made the dangerous high strength ammonia.

William Deo, of Hampsire, was convicted of two counts of throwing a corrosive substance, two counts of robbery, one count of causing grievous bodily harm and one of the attack occasioning actual bodily harm. (Metropolitan Police)

Elaine Cousins, of CPS London North, said: "This was a particularly brutal attack involving ammonia being poured down the throat of one victim and another in the face of another.

"The CPS proved its case against every person based on the overwhelming evidence that they each played a role in this ambush, knowing the corrosive ammonia would be used.

"Their victims were very lucky not to have suffered even more serious injuries and we hope today's verdicts will bring them some sense of justice."

Sergeant Matt Taylor, from the Met's East Area Command Unit, said: "This was a sickening attack which left two young victims with serious injuries and is something to stay with them for a long time.

"I would like to commend the bravery of both men who had to relive their experience when giving evidence in court, as well as the investigating officers who worked tirelessly to bring these offenders to justice."

All three will be sentenced on December 17.


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