Akeem Finlay caught by cops because he vomited after bottling man at station

Akeem Finlay was caught because he vomited after attacking man at West Norwood station

Akeem Finlay was caught because he vomited after attacking man at West Norwood station

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

DNA from a violent thug’s vomit played a key role in bringing him to justice after he thrust a broken bottle into a man’s face.

Akeem Finlay, of The Waldrons, Croydon, has been jailed for six years for the attack at West Norwood station on a 20-year-old man.

His two accomplices have never been caught but as Finlay ran from the scene he threw up.

This was a vital piece of evidence for the police and during the 24-year-old’s trial for GBH with intent, which finished yesterday, the jury heard there was a billion-to-one chance DNA from the vomit found was not Finlay’s.

Finlay, and two other men, followed their victim to the station at about 6.45pm on September 6, 2011.

The trio barged through ticket barriers as they stalked the man, attacking him as he sat on the platform waiting for a train.

They thrust a bottle into their victim’s face, leaving the man, who was 20 at the time, with wounds that have scarred him for life.

Speaking after the sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court, investigating officer Detective Constable Ostin Elkins said: "This has been a complex investigation which has involved a lot of good police work.

"I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved.

"Finlay subjected his victim to a horrifying attack which has left him with permanent scars, yet he failed to admit any responsibility for his actions.

"I hope the sentence will provide him with the opportunity to reflect on his crime."

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1:12pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Dani78 says...

lets see how much of a gangster he is banged up... ****
lets see how much of a gangster he is banged up... **** Dani78
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1:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Noddyblanket says...

Coincidentally he makes me feel sick. If his victim is reading this, please do not let this piece of scum affect you. He is worthless. To be so nasty must be a real cross to bear in life
Coincidentally he makes me feel sick. If his victim is reading this, please do not let this piece of scum affect you. He is worthless. To be so nasty must be a real cross to bear in life Noddyblanket
  • Score: 4

3:00pm Fri 1 Aug 14

croydoncalling says...

An eye for an eye. A broken glass bottle in the face for a broken glass bottle in the face. If the others are caught they should suffer the same fate too. The Judge should have sentenced this evil man to the times his accomplices would have served as well. There were three attackers therefore this man should have got 3 x 6 = 18 years.
An eye for an eye. A broken glass bottle in the face for a broken glass bottle in the face. If the others are caught they should suffer the same fate too. The Judge should have sentenced this evil man to the times his accomplices would have served as well. There were three attackers therefore this man should have got 3 x 6 = 18 years. croydoncalling
  • Score: 8

3:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bobbyse25 says...

He obviously throw up, because he was ashed of what he had just done, I don't think! Had the same been done to him, we would have never heard the last of it.
He obviously throw up, because he was ashed of what he had just done, I don't think! Had the same been done to him, we would have never heard the last of it. bobbyse25
  • Score: 0

9:57am Sat 2 Aug 14

bobbyse25 says...

The article doesn't state why they attacked this guy, so I presume it was a random attack.
The article doesn't state why they attacked this guy, so I presume it was a random attack. bobbyse25
  • Score: 0

10:21am Sat 2 Aug 14

the prompromprom says...

more scum in croydon; there's a surprise!
more scum in croydon; there's a surprise! the prompromprom
  • Score: 1

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