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 and sentenced collectively to over 70 years in jail.
The court heard how the attack was due to a feud between the group and their 22-year-old victim.
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.
In a matter of seconds, the situation escalated with Shahriyar, Chowdhury and Mohammed Habib Ali attacking the victim. The victim sustained multiple stab wounds and collapsed in the street. A witness who knew the victim called his brother to alert him to what had happened; emergency services were also called to the scene.
Three of the four convicted men were found guilty of attempted murder and GBH with intent. They are:
Alomgir Shahriyar, 23 (14.04.95) of Compton Avenue, E6 who was jailed for 24 years plus 4 years on extended license.
Mohammed Habib Ali – 23 (20.07.95) of Shadwell Gardens, E1 was jailed for 23 and a half years imprisonment plus 4 years on extended license.
Shakeel Chowdhury – 22 (23.09.96) of Jeremiah Road, E14 was jailed for 22 years imprisonment plus 3 years on extended license.
A fourth man – Sallah Uddin Ali – 19 (29.12.99) of Bigland Street, E1 – was found guilty of GBH (wounding with intent) for his part in the attack and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a Young Offenders Institute.