A 17-year-old seen has been found guilty of wielding a knife “designed to terrify, injure of kill” in a fight in Southall .
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied being in possession of the "zombie-style" knife during a large fight in Kenilworth Gardens on October 16 last year.
But he was found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon and using threatening and abusive words after a trial at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (February 14).
A ban on the sale of the knives , which are inspired by horror films and dubbed the ‘"zombie killer", came into affect in August 2016.
The curve bladed knife which was once more of a collectors item is now increasingly being carried by criminals, according to the Home Office.
They can have cutting blades of up to 25 inches, have a serrated edge and include images or words that "glamorise violence".
The teenager is due to be sentenced on March 14 at the same court.
Speaking after the guilty verdict, Crown Prosecution Service London reviewing lawyer, Neil Hoodless, said: “The zombie-slayer’ style knife in this case was seven inches in length with an extra three inch blade, and was designed to terrify, injure or kill.
“These weapons – and the sale of them – have been banned for a reason and if you carry one for an unlawful purpose as in this case you will be prosecuted.”
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