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Teenager left for dead after being repeatedly stabbed in the street smiles as attackers are jailed


James Bascoe-Smith was left with profound and life-changing injuries when he was knocked off a bicycle and knifed in Brixton, south London (Picture: Google/Central News)


A teenager who effectively died for nearly an hour after being repeatedly stabbed in the street smiled in court as his two attackers were convicted.


James Bascoe-Smith, then aged 16, was left with profound and life-changing injuries when he was knocked off a bicycle and knifed by masked men in Brixton, south London, last February 23.


The youngster, who had been testing a bicycle for his mother, shouted ‘call my mum, call my mum’ before collapsing in a pool of blood, the Old Bailey was told.


His heart stopped and he effectively died on the pavement near his home, only to be brought back to life by medics.

James was doing well in his GCSEs and working as a coach at a local gym before he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Now confined to a wheelchair, he smiled broadly while surrounded by tearful family members as a jury convicted two men over the attack after four days of deliberations.


Leon Rashid, 20, from Thornton Heath, south London, and Taiquane Lewis, 18, Kennington, south London, were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.


Rashid was also convicted of having an offensive weapon.


A third defendant, Stephanie Paez-Lopez, 20, from Clapham, south London, burst into tears as she was cleared of assisting an offender by helping to get rid of a Range Rover used in the attack.


Credit: Read more on metro.co.uk