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TMAX bike-jackers get 8 and 10 years in prison

Two criminals who stabbed a rider during a bike-jacking have been given lengthy prison sentences.

John Tusting, 32, of Wellmeadow Road, SE6 and Lucian Riviere, 18, of Brockley Mews, SE4, attacked a 52-year old man and stole his Vespa in October 2015. A third attacker is still at large.

During the attack, the victim was kicked over on his bike before being stabbed in the chest with a large kitchen knife. London’s Air Ambulance treated the man at the roadside before he was airlifted to hospital.

Riviere was arrested four days after the robbery after police officers tracked his movements on CCTV. He has been given an eight-year prison term.

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Three days later, officers arrested Tusting at his home address. Following the trial, in May 2017, he was subsequently sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, reduced to 10 years, with an extended licence of three years.

Upon release from prison, both men will be banned from driving for two years.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police, PC Greg Herriott, from Greenwich Borough, said: “These two men were involved in a violent robbery which resulted in the innocent owner of a Vespa being stabbed.

“We remain committed to cracking down on ‘moped-enabled’ crime and the theft of scooters. Today’s sentencing also shows how seriously the courts of taking these matters.

“Our enquiries into this robbery continue and I would urge anyone with information to contact us.”

The sentences come at a time when the bike-jacking phenomenon has reached epidemic levels in the Capital, with five riders attacked with acid in just one evening.

Get yourself sorted:
Couriers, delivery riders and other moped and scooter riders are the most vulnerable to a bike-jacking attack. Learn what to do if you are bike-jacked here and what to do if you are the victim of an acid attack here.

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