A judge blamed a machete thug's parents after jailing him for 15 years for chopping off a teenager's hand.
The judge sentencing 21-year-old Che Ambe at St Albans Crown Court pointed the finger at his mum and dad for raising him in "squalor" to become "an angry young man"
He savagely attacked 18-year-old Tyler Stevens and slashed him with a machete seven times after chasing him on a moped.
Mr Stevens attempted to protect himself by curling up into a ball, the Daily Mail reports.
The victim, who saw his hand lopped off, staggered to a friend's house for help while leaving the limb in the road.
Police later retrieved the severed hand but it was too late for surgeons to reattach it and Mr Stevens now uses a prosthetic.
He told St Albans Crown Court: "I thought I was going to die. He was hitting me constantly. It was either a machete or a big sword thing. He hit me six or seven times.
"I don't know why it stopped – maybe he saw my hand come off and thought that was too much."
Ambe was sentenced after being found guilty last month of causing grievous bodily harm with intent for the attack in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, in February.
Judge Michael Kay, sentencing, slammed Ambe's parents for his upbringing and said the case had been a "story of our times."
Ambe, from Watford, had convictions for 27 previous offences, including three for knife possession.
He had been taken into care at the age of 12 after being raised by his mother in an environment of drink and drugs. At the age of 13, he was expelled from school and became a victim of a stabbing when he was 17.
The trial, in August, heard Ambe was arrested after a stinger was deployed to puncture the tyres of his moped.
The judge said: "It is not society that is at fault. It is your parents and family – the way you have been brought up and accustomed to as a young man, which is chaos and violence.
"You have been involved in a world of violence. Your violence is escalating. You pose a high risk of harm to others and the risk of further offences is imminent.
"It is because you know of no other world. You are a very angry young man and when you are angry, you turn to violence. You are a story of our times."
A probation services report showed Ambe's risk of danger to the public was one of the strongest the judge had ever seen.
Prosecutor, Simon Wilshere, said Mr Stevens was attacked with a machete or large knife on 10 February.
He was with a friend in Abbots Langley when a moped ridden by Ambe appoached them. All three knew each other and didn't get on.
They started to run as soon as they saw Ambe, but Mr Stevens slipped.
"He got up and ran between two vans, but slipped again", Mr Wilshere said. "He fell onto the grass verge. Che Ambe started attacking him with a machete or a similar weapon.
"He was hit some six or seven times as he was curled up on the ground, trying to defend himself.
"The attack was as brief as it was savage – one completely severed Tyler Stevens's left hand."
But the jury was told Ambe acted in self-defence after Mr Stevens produced a knife and waved it at him.
The judge concluded: "Tyler Stevens is left with a life-changing injury. It is evident how his life has changed.
"He still lives in fear of attack, not by you, but by your associates. He has moved from the area.
"He needs assistance with daily tasks, such as something as simple as cutting up his food."
The judge ordered a possible sentence extension of five years, meaning Ambe could be recalled to prison on release any time up to 2039.
After the sentencing, Detective Constable Steve Mason, of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: "I hope that Ambe spends his time behind bars reflecting on the pain and misery he has inflicted on the victim.
"This was a vicious incident which highlights the dangers of carrying knives. Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to tackling knife crime so I hope this case provides reassurance to the public that we will do all we can to bring knife crime offenders to justice.
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