A man who stabbed three people and punched another man in the face was jailed for nine years after being found guilty at court. Rohit Miah, 23, of Mile End Road in East London, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday (March 3) after being found guilty of three counts of grievous bodily harm and one count of affray. He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing.
A second man, Ismail Mirza, 18, of Westferry Road in Canary Wharf, was sentenced at the same hearing to 12 months at a youth offender institution, suspended for 18 months after admitting affray. He was also ordered to attended a rehabilitation programme for 12 months and undertake 60 hours of unpaid work. The offences relate to two fights on April 9 and 10 in the Whitechapel area.
The first brawl occurred at around 10pm on April 9 when Miah punched a man he knew in the face, breaking his nose, following an argument. He also stabbed a second man in the arm. Both men went to hospital and but after being discharged the man with the broken nose went to confront Miah.
Another row happened in Whitechapel Road at around 1.45am on April 10. During this fracas, Miah stabbed the victim twice and also stabbed another man who came to help his friend. Mirza came to Miah’s side – he was armed with a metal bar and was seen swinging it during the melee. Both men went to hospital with injuries but neither was deemed life threatening.
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A police investigation began which combined analysis of CCTV and fast-time intelligence. Miah was eventually located along with Mirza on April 19. Both men were arrested and charged.
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Investigation lead etective Constable Mario Toumazou said: “Violence has no place on the streets of London and the Metropolitan Police go to whatever lengths necessary to bring offenders to justice. This was a challenging investigation where people were reluctant to come forward but the tenacious work of police has resulted in Miah being put behind bars.
“I hope this sentencing sends out a strong message to those intent on causing violence – your actions will not be tolerated by your communities and you will face the consequences of your actions in the courts.”
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