Justice for meat cleaver victim four years after near fatal Cheam attack
A thug who used a meat cleaver to hack a New Year’s Eve partygoer to within an inch of his life has been brought to justice four years later.
After a painstaking police operation Barry Hughes, 23, of Canterbury Road, Morden, will be sentenced next month for viciously attacking a teenager on New Year’s Day 2008.
Hughes pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to GBH with intent and robbery on December 19 this year, while his permanently scarred victim, Matthew Jeeves, watched from the public gallery.
At 6am on New Year’s Day 2008, Mr Jeeves, aged 19 at the time, got off a number 93 bus from Wimbledon and began walking to his friend’s house in Cheam to continue the celebrations.
But on his way, as he walked between Tabor Gardens and Love Lane, he was set upon by two men. The men attacked Mr Jeeves with a meat cleaver, hitting him once in the face and five to six times on the back of the head.
His cheekbone was fractured, he had 1in-deep lacerations on the back of his head and a horrifying slash from his forehead, across his right eye, to his chin.
An off-duty policeman driving to work along the A217 saw two white youths running across the road and getting into a red Vauxhall Corsa before driving south torwards the M25.
The policeman scoured the area around to the west side of Belmont Rise and found the victim sitting on a grass verge with his head bowed, losing blood.
Police traced the Vauxhall Corsa to Barry Hughes and he was arrested on January 15, 2008.
Over the next four years,police studied more than 100 exhibits, with one item eventually providing the breakthrough.
During the investigation, the Metropolitan Police used a specialist dog trained to smell non-visible blood on clothing for the first time.
Detective inspector John McQuade, of the homicide and serious crime command, based at Sutton police station, said this was an excellent example of the lengths that detectives were prepared to go to bring offenders to justice.
“This has been a painstakingly detailed investigation involving a large number of officers and specialist staff from many teams over a period of four years.
“We are still investigating this incident because it is clear that Hughes did not act alone and we are determined to bring it to a successful conclusion.”
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