A man who chopped a teenager’s hand off with a machete during an attack in Abbots Langley is to expect a long prison sentence next month.
Today (Monday, August 12) at St Albans Crown Court Che Ambe, 21, from Watford, was found guilty of causing his victim grievous bodily harm with intent.
Judge Michael Kay QC adjourned the sentencing of Ambe until a report has been prepared to assess the danger he poses to the public.
He was remanded into custody and will be sentenced in September.
The jury also heard that seven months after the attack, the victim has nightmares about what happened.
His victim, 18-year-old Tyler Stevens, had been curled up on a grass verge trying to protect himself in Long Elms on the evening of Sunday, February 10 this year.
But Ambe showed no mercy as he struck the boy six or seven times with the weapon, with one blow completely severing his left hand.
After the attack the teenager fled in panic and his hand was later found in the street by a police officer.
Doctors tried to reattach it, but their efforts came to nothing.
He now faces a lengthy prison term for the savage attack on his victim which left him with life changing injuries.
Prosecutor Simon Wilshere said the victim, who is now aged 19, was with a friend and making their way back to the friend’s house in Abbots Langley when a moped ridden by Che Ambe approached them.
Mr Wilshire also said all three knew each other and did not get on.
As soon as they saw Che Ambe, they started to run, but Tyler Stevens slipped.
Mr Wilshere said: “He got up and ran between two vans, but slipped again. He fell onto the grass verge. Che Ambe started attacking him with a machete or a similar weapon.
“He was hit some six or seven times as he was curled up on the ground, trying to defend himself.
“The attack was as brief as it was savage – one completely severed Tyler Steven’s left hand.”
Tyler Stevens did not realise his hand was severed until the attack stopped and Che Ambe fled, said the prosecutor.
The victim made his way to his friend’s house leaving his severed hand behind and the emergency services were called.
A police officer found his hand on a grass verge. Another officer found a knife on the opposite side of the road.
This knife was not the one used to attack Tyler Stevens, but was one the victim said he was carrying for his own protection.
Tyler Stevens was to tell the police that the recovered knife must have fallen from the waistband of his trousers as his ran.
Che Ambe was spotted afterwards on a moped and was arrested after the police deployed a stinger, which punctured its tyres.
The prosecutor said that when questioned the next day, Che Ambe said he was not there.
But the jury was told that in a defence statement, he was claiming he acted in self-defence after Tyler Stevens produced a knife and waved it at him.
In a police interview played to the jury, Tyler Stevens said when he and his friend saw the defendant coming up to them on the moped, they ran.
“We just ran – I knew he was looking for us. It was for stuff I had been dragged into. It was nothing to do with me.”
When he slipped over on the grass verge, he said he could clearly see Che Ambe’s face in a motorcycle helmet, which had no visor.
He said: “I could see his face through the helmet. I can picture it.”
Asked to describe the attack, he said: “I thought I was going to die. It was a big long knife – he was hitting me constantly. It was a long knife. It was either a machete or a big sword thing.
“He hit me six or seven times.
“I don’t know why it stopped – maybe he saw my hand come off and thought that was too much.
“I was screaming.”
He said he made his way to his friend’s house. When the door was answered, he said: “Che’s chopped my hand off.”
Tyler Stevens said he suffered nightmares about the attack.
Ambe awaits his sentence in September.