Four south London men have been jailed after a brutal knife assault in Southwark which left a victim with more than 60 stab wounds.

On New Year's Day in 2023, Tashan Bailey-Brown, Denzel Ealmeida, Darren Soyemi and Kevaniel Perkins-Robinson targeted an 18-year-old in Seeley Drive at 11.40pm.

Bailey-Brown, Ealmeida, and Soyemi tried to flee from the officers in a car but were stopped in East Dulwich’s Lordship Lane.

They then tried to flee on foot, but were stopped and detained.

Paramedics transported the severely injured victim to hospital, where it was discovered that he had over 60 stab wounds.

During the attempt to escape, Ealmeida discarded a bag filled with blood-stained clothing.

Inside the bag was a machete, also smeared with the victim's blood, and traces of Ealmeida’s DNA on the weapon’s sheath.

There was also blood of the victim was also detected on the car’s gearstick and dashboard.

Bailey-Brown, Ealmeida, and Soyemi were subsequently charged with attempted murder.

Further investigation led to the identification of the fourth suspect – Kevaniel Perkins-Robinson.

A switchblade found in the car’s centre console revealed his DNA.

Forensic detectives discovered Perkins-Robinson’s DNA on the steering wheel, leading to his arrest in June 2023.

A public hearing at the Old Bailey, which lasted four weeks, on Monday, February 5, the four men were charged with attempted murder.

Friday, March 8, saw them sentenced at the same court, jointly receiving more than 100 years in prison.

Tashan Bailey-Brown, 23, of Meadowview Road, SE6, was jailed for 24 years; he was also given a five-year extended licence of release.

Denzel Ealmeida, 22, of Elam Close, SE5, was jailed for 31 years.

Darren Soyemi, 25, of no fixed abode was jailed for 31 years.

Kevaniel Perkins-Robinson, 24, of Cato Road, SW4 was jailed for 31 years.

Detective Sergeant Yikira Turner of the Central South Command Unit which covers Southwatk said: “This was a vicious, pre-planned attack which nearly resulted in the death of a young man.

“The verdict and sentencing is a reflection of the hard work put in by the investigation team and Crown Prosecution Service, but would not have been possible without assistance from brave individuals in the local community who came forward to support this investigation.

“Hopefully this result will enable the victim and his family to now focus on his recovery and give the community some comfort now that four dangerous individuals have been taken off the street.”