Four men have been jailed after a man in his 20s was punched in the head and knifed during a gruesome attack.
The assault, which occurred on August 10 last summer, happened moments after the victim got off a bus in Uxbridge, after he politely challenged the group's abusive and offensive language used in front of families on board.
Ethan Fredrick, 19, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Friday (April 10), at Isleworth Crown Court for affray, attempted GBH, possessing an offensive weapon and breaching his bail conditions.
Three other men previously sentenced on February 6 in connection with the incident, were: Kieron Jordan Benoit, 23, of no fixed abode, who was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment for affray; Alex Hall, 20, of Scotts Road, Southall, sentenced to two years imprisonment for affray and theft (stealing the victim's jacket); and Iane John Anthony Lester, 23, of Wise Lane, West Drayton, sentenced to two years for affray.
Hall and Lester had previously pleaded guilty to the offences in late February. Both Benoit and Frederick were found guilty of the offences on February 5.
At around 9.30am on the day of the attack, the victim challenged the group's behaviour on the top deck of a rail replacement service bus from Eastcote to Uxbridge town centre.
The group had been using racially offensive language and were swearing loudly in front of passengers of all ages, including young children, the court heard.
The victim asked them to consider their language, which was met with immediate anger from the group and he was ordered to sit back down.
When the victim got off the bus and walked along an alleyway from York Road, all four suspects also got off the bus and followed his route.
The victim was confronted and circled by the four men before being punched in the head.
The victim made an attempt to get away, however Frederick lunged at the victim with a knife, slashing him on the neck. All four men fled the scene, leaving the victim injured.
Police officers and the London Ambulance Service attended following a 999 call from a witness.
The victim was taken to a west London hospital where he received treatment for a cut to the neck. He was later discharged and has since made a good recovery.
Detectives at Hillingdon CID retrieved crucial CCTV evidence at the scene, which captured the entire attack and, as a result, all four men were located and arrested within a matter of hours.
Speaking after the hearings, Detective Sergeant Paul Matthews said: "Justice has finally been handed to a brave victim who has shown nothing but humility throughout this investigation.
"We pay tribute to the strength and courage he has shown and thank him for his assistance in providing crucial evidence to our team and the courts about this horrific attack.
"His defence of his fellow bus passengers and standing up to anti-social behaviour led to an attack which may have resulted in an even more dire outcome."