Teen who attacked young couple with samurai sword hidden under T-shirt jailed

A teenager has been jailed after attacking a young couple – with a samurai sword he hid under his T-shirt.

Dante Foster, 19, has been sentenced to nine months in a Young Offenders’ Institution after leaving the man and the woman, both in their 20s, with slashes from the two-foot long sword.

Peterborough Crown Court heard last Tuesday that Foster, of Willonholt, Cambridgeshire, shouted at the couple “what are you looking at?”, as they delivered a parcel across the street from his house.

The couple, who were unknown to him, ignored Foster and attempted to carry on walking.

But Foster approached them and said: “I can end you both now”, lifting up his T-shirt to pull out the long, Samurai-style sword, the court was told.

The male victim, fearing he would be attacked, grabbed hold of Foster by his arms to prevent himself from being hit with the weapon.

But the pair grappled and the victim’s leg was slashed by the sword. Hearing the commotion, the victim’s partner tried to intervene but was cut to her hand.

The sword fell to the floor and she managed to throw it into nearby bushes, before they fled the attack.

Both the couple and Foster separately called for an ambulance to treat lacerations all three of them received.

The ambulance service informed police of the incidents which were quickly linked and Foster was arrested.

A search of the area was carried out, leading officers to find the sword.

Foster was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) without intent, assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He admitted all three counts in court last Tuesday.

DC Kevin Poole said: “There is absolutely no excuse for having such a dangerous weapon on you in a public place.

“Foster is clearly a concerning individual who believes it is okay to carry a weapon.

“His victims were completely innocent, going about their daily business when they were subjected to a terrifying attack which made them fear for their lives.”

He appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday – November 10 – where he was sentenced to nine months in prison at a Young Offender Institution.

He was also sentenced to an additional 12 months in prison for a violent disorder he was involved in last year.

In the incident, a 42-year-old man was left with a six-inch slash to his arm as a result of a joint-enterprise knife attack on him in Bretton in April 2019.

Foster’s accomplices – Jordan Roberts, Ulili Ramalho and Umberto Femminilo – were sentenced in July to a total of 23-and-a-half years in prison for their parts in the attack.