Justice finally catches up with Gillingham train knife thug Ahmed Bero who fled country
A Gillingham man who attacked a teenage Tube passenger with a
knife and then paid to have himself smuggled out of the country has
been returned to Britain and is now in jail.
Ahmed Bero, of St Mary's Road, was sentenced to six years in
prison in December for slashing the 17-year-old's
The 23-year-old (pictured right) was dealt
with in his absence after failing to answer court bail
- and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Bero was discovered hiding in France and was now been
deported back to Britain.
He was met by British Transport Police officers at Heathrow
Airport and driven to Blackfriars Crown Court in London.
Bero admitted paying to have himself smuggled out of the country
in a lorry on the day he went missing.
He pleaded guilty to an extra offence of absconding while on
bail and was jailed for another four months, to run
Bero was found guilty in December of causing grievous bodily
harm and possessing a knife.
The attack happened on a Bakerloo line train at Paddington
underground station in October 2011.
The court heard an argument broke out between Bero and a
17-year-old. When the youngster tried to leave the train, Bero
slashed him across his face, causing a two-inch cut that
needed 12 stitches.
A second victim, a 19-year-old man, was also slashed across the
face. Bero denied the charges but was found guilty by a jury.
DC Richard Guinan, from BTP, said: "This was a vicious
attack and caused significant injuries to the two men.
"Despite Bero's denial, the evidence and the injuries tell
"Incidents like this are fortunately very rare on the Tube but
we treat them very seriously.
"We welcome the sentence handed down to Bero and hope it sends
out a clear message that carrying and using weapons will not be
tolerated by the police service, community, or the courts."
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