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Drill rapper, 18, is cleared of attempted murder after music video boast over knife attack

A teenage drill rapper has been cleared of attempted murder after boasting in a music video about an attack that only saw his victim survive because of roadside open heart surgery.

Joshua Erorh, 18, stabbed a 21-year-old man on New Cross Road in Lewisham, south-east London, on March 14. 

He stabbed his victim twice in the chest, with one of the blows landing on his heart, and the man initially chased after Erorh before collapsing. A passing police officer used CPR to keep him alive until paramedics could perform open heart surgery.

The victim remains in a life-threatening condition.

Erorh, also known by the stage name Lil MDot, faced trial at Kingston Crown Court and was found not guilty of attempted murder.

He was instead found guilty of the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Joshua Erorh (pictured), 18, stabbed a 21-year-old man on New Cross Road in Lewisham, south-east London, on March 14

The verdicts came after the court heard that the attack was motivated by Erorh's mistaken belief that the victim was an active member of a rival gang.

The jury was also told that Erorh posted a music video boasting about the attack and making a reference to the food order he made minutes before stabbing the victim.

The court heard an altercation broke out outside a chicken shop on New Cross Road at approximately 11.50pm on March 14.

Erorh was armed with a knife that was concealed with a white plastic bag over his hand.

He confronted the victim before stabbing him twice in the chest, with one of the blows landing to the heart.

When the victim's brother left the restaurant and intervened in the fight, Erorh ran off in the direction of Goodwood Road.

He carried the knife with him but left behind the blue pushbike he had arrived on.

Unaware of how severe his injuries were, the victim and his brother proceeded to run after Erorh.

Erorh, who has hundreds of thousands of views for his songs on YouTube, was close with rappers Leoandro Osemeke (left) and Myron Yarde (right), who were stabbed to death within months of each other in 2016

A short while into the chase, the victim collapsed nearby and his brother decided to drive him to hospital.

At approximately 11.55pm, police officers on patrol in the area noticed a vehicle driving erratically and stopped the car on Friendly Street in Deptford.

Officers quickly established that the driver's brother, in the rear seat of the car, was suffering from stab injuries to the chest and provided first aid to the victim.

When paramedics arrived, emergency open heart surgery was performed on the victim at the side of the road before he was taken to hospital for further treatment. 

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's South East Basic Command Unit launched an investigation to establish exactly what happened on the night and carried out extensive CCTV and mobile phone analysis.

As a result they were able to link Erorh to the scene of the stabbing. Erorh was arrested on March 25 and charged with attempted murder.

A 22-year-old man was found not guilty of assisting an offender. Detective Constable Jamie Layton, the investigating officer from South East area's CID, said: 'This was a shocking act of violence that could have cost a man's life, and my team and I were committed to bringing Erorh to justice.

'I want to praise the police officers that stopped the car and provided the victim with initial first aid and CPR, while they waited for emergency health workers to arrive on the scene.

'Had it not been for the brilliant efforts of the medics, the victim may have died from his injuries.

'However, his life and his family's life has now been changed forever due to this brutal act of violence and he continues to fight for his life.

'I hope that the conviction of Erorh, and the sentence that will follow, will send out a clear message to those all too willing to engage in violence that it will simply not be tolerated. No good can ever come from carrying a knife.

'Bearing down on violence in London is a top priority for the Met and we will continue to apprehend those responsible for causing misery and fear in our communities.'

Erorh, who has hundreds of thousands of views for his songs on YouTube, was friends with rappers Leoandro Osemeke, 16, and Myron Yarde, 17, who were stabbed to death in August and April 2016. 

In Erorh's 2018 song G to the B, he rapped: 'I was 13 man, I didn't know a lot, all I knew was to back my shank [knife] and chase opps [rivals].

'2016 man two of my bros dropped, R.I.P Sho Sho, RI.P Mdot.'

Erorh, from Grays, Essex, will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on February 8 next year. 

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