LONDON: A group who attacked and stabbed a man in the middle of a busy street in Tower Hamlets have been found guilty of attempted murder.
According to Met police report, Alomgir Shahriyar, 23 of Compton Avenue, E6; Mohammed Habib Ali – 23 of Shadwell Gardens, E1, and Shakeel Chowdhury – 22 of Jeremiah Road, E14 were found guilty of attempted murder on Wednesday, 10 April following a trial at the Old Bailey.
A fourth man – Sallah Ali – 19 of Bigland Street, E1 – was found guilty of GBH for his part in the attack. The court heard how the attack was due to a feud between the group and their 22-year-old victim. All four men convicted will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 17 May.
On Friday, 1 June 2018, shortly after midday, Sallah Ali was stopped by police in Tower Hamlets and subjected to a drugs search. During the stop, Ali challenged the officers, immediately claiming he had been set up by the victim.
A short while later Ali phoned Shahriyar and Mohammed Habib Ali and a train of events was set in motion that would end later that day in the attack on the victim.
Later that afternoon, at around 17:30hrs, the victim received call from Sallah Ali who accused him of being a snitch. He asked to meet the victim.
Shortly before 18:00hrs the victim met Sallah Ali in Cable Street, E1. Shahriyar, Chowdhury and Mohammed Habib Ali then appeared – immediately the victim felt threatened by the groups’ behaviour.
Detective Constable Megan Bushell of the Central East Command Unit said: “Violence has no place on our streets – I hope these convictions send a strong message that it will not be tolerated and those responsible will be arrested and put before the courts.”