Three teens found guilty of Hailsham stabbing

Oliver Dennis SUS-150503-174759001
Oliver Dennis SUS-150503-174759001

The family of a teenager stabbed seven times during an attack outside Hailsham Parish Church have spoken of their relief after three youths were convicted of the crime.

Oliver Dennis, 19, of no fixed address, denied the charges against him but was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) and violent disorder following an eight-day trial at Hove Crown Court.

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St Mary's Church, Hailsham ENGSUS00120120705095954

A 16-year-old boy from Eastbourne pleaded guilty to violent disorder but was also found guilty of wounding with intent to cause GBH after the trial.

A 17-year-old boy, also from Eastbourne, pleaded guilty before the trial to wounding with intent to cause GBH, violent disorder, battery (common assault) and possession of a bladed article.

The jury were unanimous in their decision to convict all the three teenagers after the assault on March 23, 2015.

The victim, a 16-year-old from Hellingly, has physically recovered from the incident. His family have called the verdict an “absolute relief” and await the trio’s sentencing on August 25.

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