NEW CROSS: Father says London is 'jungle' after attack leaves son in coma

Johnson Ndjoli is in a coma

Dwight Callender, aged 23, had driven the van which ploughed into the victim

Derrell Callender, aged 20, laughed and whispered to friends and family in court

Johnson Ndjoli is in a coma

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A FATHER whose son is in a coma after he was run over, shot and stabbed in a gang turf war, has described life in London as like a “jungle”.

Last week, two brothers were locked up for 35 years for the attempted murder of Johnson Ndjoli and his friend Mohammed Turay.

Dwight Callender, aged 23, of Mercator Road, Lewisham, and brother Derrell, aged 20, of Leybridge Court, Eltham, attacked the pair on April 24 in Sandford Street, New Cross.

Johnson, 19, cannot walk, talk or think and doctors do not expect him to survive.

His father Antoine Ndjoli, 49, who has now left Deptford’s Pepys estate where he lived due to fear of the other gang members, came to London in the 1980s as a refugee after fleeing violence in the Congo.

He said: “After all that background and what I’ve seen throughout my life, to see this sort of violence is just terrible. I would never have imagined this happening.

“When you turn to look for a reason you see there isn’t one - no proper reason why somebody should decide to take someone’s life.

“It’s like life is nothing to them, like it’s just playing.”

He added: “It was very difficult going to the trial. I was just a spectator watching and hearing these terrible things which were like something from the jungle.”

Mr Ndjoli says his son, described in the trial as an innocent victim, dreamt of being a footballer.

The father, who has five other children, has been visiting Johnson in hospital twice a day since the attack.

He said: “It’s so terrible to see someone who was very healthy and very fit in this condition - to see someone you love experience this cruelty.

“I’m trying to just hold on. I try to be strong and try not to let myself in any way be brought down by it. But it isn’t easy.”

The Callender brothers received 25-year sentences for trying to kill Mr Ndjoli and another 10 for Mr Turay.

Both brothers denied two counts of attempted murder, one count of causing GBH with intent and another of attempting to inflict GBH.

After being found guilty of attempted murder at the Old Bailey on November 30 the other charges were dropped.

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1:33pm Mon 7 Dec 09

reality-bites says...

Tell us something we don't know! - It's such a shame the government and the P.C. brigade don't seem to want to address these problems.
The only liberties lost are by law abiding citizens!
Tell us something we don't know! - It's such a shame the government and the P.C. brigade don't seem to want to address these problems. The only liberties lost are by law abiding citizens! reality-bites
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4:03pm Mon 7 Dec 09

Beckenhamlady says...

my heart is with this poor father its very true our streets are like a Jungle but only the s*** Law to blame for this. tough law and this may not happen i wonder what it will take for it to be changed.
my heart is with this poor father its very true our streets are like a Jungle but only the s*** Law to blame for this. tough law and this may not happen i wonder what it will take for it to be changed. Beckenhamlady
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1:02am Wed 9 Dec 09

It's Me again ! says...

This is so sad, My thoughts are with the family of this young man.

His Father is so right about it becoming a "jungle" and to be honest that is where the people, who are causing most of the trouble, should live !

We don't want this in our country, these young men did to ship up or ship out !

It's time to get tough
This is so sad, My thoughts are with the family of this young man. His Father is so right about it becoming a "jungle" and to be honest that is where the people, who are causing most of the trouble, should live ! We don't want this in our country, these young men did to ship up or ship out ! It's time to get tough It's Me again !
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9:43am Wed 9 Dec 09

Beckenhamlady says...

its me again,
i totally agree.
its me again, i totally agree. Beckenhamlady
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10:50am Wed 9 Dec 09

Slonik says...

Another senseless tragedy committed whilst our utterly useless 'Government' does all it can to 'get tough' by refusing to blame anyone for anything. The still clearly 'not fit for purpose' Home Office needs to STOP making and accepting excuses for this mindless aggression and crack down on the gang culture which is behind so much of it. Whatever they think they've been doing, it clearly isn't working so it must be time for a new approach to this problem. Don't hold your breath, though, all you decent citizens because we're living in New Labour's "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" Britain......
Another senseless tragedy committed whilst our utterly useless 'Government' does all it can to 'get tough' by refusing to blame anyone for anything. The still clearly 'not fit for purpose' Home Office needs to STOP making and accepting excuses for this mindless aggression and crack down on the gang culture which is behind so much of it. Whatever they think they've been doing, it clearly isn't working so it must be time for a new approach to this problem. Don't hold your breath, though, all you decent citizens because we're living in New Labour's "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" Britain...... Slonik
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