SEVEN members of a Sri Lankan gang headed by a thug nicknamed 'Psycho' are facing jail for a vicious Samurai sword attack on a rival.
Arulmurugan Sebamalai, 23, was left with his hand hanging from his wrist by the 'East Ham Gang' from east London.
On August 28 2006, he and other members of a Tamil group known as DMX were ambushed in Braemar Avenue, Wembley, as they travelled to play cricket, by a gang of up to 25 people.
Armed with swords and pick-axe handles they singled out Mr Sebamalai in the gang-related attack and hit him in a series of blows while others in the pack shouted: "Slash him Psycho, kill him."
As Mr Sebamalai, who grabbed a cricket bat for protection, lifted his arm to shield his face, the razor-sharp sword blade sliced through his arm and exposed the bone.
The gang members denied various charges for violent offences, but at the Old Bailey on Thursday they were found guilty following a three-month trial.
Ringleader Senthurrajah 'Psycho' Thavapalasingham, 21, a cashier from
Romford, Essex; student Arumugan Paratheeban, 24, from Crawley, West Sussex; factory worker Sabesan Sivaneswaran, 19, from Forest Gate, east London, and jobless Kirubananantharasa Gunaratnam, 32, from Barking, east London were all convicted of attempted murder and violent disorder.
Jobless Santosh Panthaplavil Sasidharan, 24, from Upton Park, east London, was cleared of attempted murder and wounding with intent, but found guilty of violent disorder.
Salesmen Selvarajah Mayuran, 28, from East Ham, east London, and Edward Jaganathan, 26, from Mitcham, south London, were both found guilty of wounding with intent and violent disorder but were found not guilty of attempted murder.
Prosecutor Steven Perian said: "The victims were all travelling together in a single vehicle, a white Suzuki Swift, which was being driven by Ashokumar Tharmarajah, on route to One Tree Hill where they were intending to play a game of cricket.
"The East Ham Gang got out of their vehicles, armed with pieces of wood and pickaxe handles, and started throwing things at Tharmarajah's car.
"Tharmarajah and his friends stopped and got out of their car.
"They armed themselves with cricket bats and wickets from within the boot of their car."
Gunaratnam and Thavapalasingham got out of a green BMW and picked out two swords from the boot while other gang members started throwing bottles at the DMX gang and Mr Sebamalai was hit on the head as he tried to flee.
Mr Sebamalai's friends, Ashokumar Tharmarajah and Lynkaran Tharmalingam saw him being slashed, before the fight was eventually broken up when a police van travelling back from the Notting Hill Carnival arrived on the scene.
Police have praised witnesses who faced intimidation while giving evidence during the trial, which was a result of an investigation involving 103 witnesses and 2,800 pages of evidence. Sentencing was adjourned until July 18.