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Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for hammer attack

A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after he attacked a 29-year-old with a hammer, fracturing his skull and leaving him deaf in one ear.

Danial Qureshi, 22, of Ilford, East London was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, for attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

It comes after an incident in Charter Avenue, Ilford at around 22.15pm on April 25 where Qureshi assaulted a man with a hammer.

The London Ambulance Service rushed to the scene and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

The man is said to have sustained a fractured skull, bleed to the brain and has now lost hearing in his right ear.

Qureshi was charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon two days after the attack while two other men were arrested in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Yinka Adeyemo-Phillips, of the Metropolitan Police’s East Area Command Unit, said: “This is the result of a lengthy and dedicated investigation by East Area officers and reflects the severity of this attack.”

He added: “I hope this sends a message that this kind of violence has no place on our streets and acts as a deterrent to those carrying offensive weapons.

“The impact on the victim was significant and I hope this verdict brings him some peace. We will continue to work to bring closure to those who are the victims of violent crime and this case evidences the support available to anyone in need.”

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