A 14-year-old boy who was stabbed after stepping in to defend a young bullying victim has spoken about the events leading up to the horrific attack.
Micaiah Marley suffered a knife wound to the back of his thigh and needed 15 stitches when a petty row escalated into violence last Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to the Observer five days after the attack the injured youngster, of Tookey Close, Kenton, said: "I walked outside to find an older guy, about 17, beating up a nine-year-old boy.
"He was pushing his head into the ground and sticking his thumbs in his eyes so I stepped in to try and defend him.
"The bully started attacking me so I ran back home and got a knife from my kitchen.
"I came back outside and the guy was surrounded by his friends. I grabbed him but the knife was grabbed from my hand.
"I walked away but the boy said he was going to kill me and then stabbed me in the back of the thigh."
The knife attack happened at about 7.30pm, directly outside a children's playground and Micaiah was rushed to Northwick Park Hospital where he was treated for the non-life threatening wound and released hours later.
He said: "It wasn't bleeding too much but it really hurt."
When asked if the housing estate he lives on is a hotbed of anti-social behaviour, the youngster said: "No, it's quiet around here. Nothing like this usually happens."
Police were called moments after the attack and arrested two men - a 45 year old and a 15 year old - at the scene. They were later bailed by officers.
DC Edward Montague from Brent CID is calling on people who witnessed the attack to come forward.
He said: "We are still trying to speak to residents about what's happened but some people may be coy about coming forward.
"We know that there was a gathering of youths in the vicinity and a scuffle broke out, resulting in the boy receiving a stab wound in the back of the leg.
"After the incident there was a lot of commotion out on the street and a lot of people came out to see what was happening."
Anyone with further information should call Brent CID on 020 8733 3159 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.