A pair of young men have been jailed for stabbing a man in broad daylight.

At 5pm on September 13, 2017 Raphel Duke-Okeze and Anthony Hamilton approached a man in his twenties who had just got out of a Ford Fiesta in Crispey Avenue, Ongar.

A brief fight followed which ended when Hamilton stabbed the victim three times in the stomach.

As the victim received treatment in hospital, police caught up with 19 year-old Hamilton, of Peterborough Road, in the early hours of the following day.

Later the same day officers stopped and arrested 21 year-old Duke-Okeze, in Bradwell Road, Loughton.

Hamilton was charged with GBH with intent and possession of a knife with a public place and Duke-Okeze with threatening someone with a blade in a public place and attempted robbery.

They both denied the charges against them but were found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, March 27.

At the same court on June 5 Hamilton was jailed for 11 years and Duke-Okeze was sentenced to two and-a-half years.

Investigation officer Detective Constable Ricky Rodd, from Loughton CID, said: “This was violent attack in broad daylight in a residential area.

“Even though the victim required surgery his injuries could have been much worse and he could have been really seriously injured.

“It is galling that Anthony Hamilton was comfortable using this level of violence and I’m glad he and Raphel Duke-Okeze are now off the streets.

“I hope this sentence will provide the victim with some solace and shows Essex Police will not tolerate violent crime.”