Case: From egg throwing to murder: Syed Jamanoor Islam
Victim
Name:
Syed Jamanoor Islam
Gender:
Male
Date:
2017-04-11
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
16 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Syed Jamanoor Islam, 20, was stabbed to death near his home in Mile End on 11 April 2017.

The business student was attacked during a confrontation with four youths in Wager Street.

Police were called to the scene at around 4.46pm and he was pronounced dead at hospital just after 5.30pm.

A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was a stab wound to the left leg which pierced the femoral artery and vein.

On 17 April 2017 Nayeem Chowdhury, 18 (03.02.99) of Burdett Road, Mile End, a 15-year-old boy from Seven Kings, and a 17-year-old boy from Bow were charged with murder. The murder charges against Chowdhury and the 17 year-old were dropped before trial.

On 11 October 2017 the youngest boy, by then aged 16, went on trial for murder at Southwark Crown Court. He was convicted of murder, conspiracy to cause actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon on 24 November 2017. He was sentenced to the youth equivalent of life imprisonment on 22 December with a minimum of 16 years before parole.

Chowdhury, Ismail Uddin, 18 (20/9/1999), of Cahir Street, Bow, and Samiur Rahman, 19 (25.10.98) of Cypress Street, Bethnal Green, were convicted of conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm. They were each sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

The court heard the stabbing was the culmination of a dispute which started when the victim's brother threw eggs or a milkshake at the rival group, possibly accidentally.

It continued with eggs being thrown at the front door of the Islam family home, the slashing of tyres on Chowdhury's car and an assault on Rahman during a fight.

On the day of the fatal attack the suspects were caught on CCTV driving a Ford Fiesta around Wager Street, apparently looking for Jamanoor's brother.

The intended target was not at home but during a confrontation in the street Jamanoor was hit with a baseball bat by Uddin and stabbed by the 16 year-old boy in the leg.

Chowdury's driving licence and car keys were found in a jacket left at the scene. Rahman reported the Ford Fiesta as stolen an hour after the attack and all four suspects left London for the Midlands and the north of England.

They were arrested on 16 April following a high-speed pursuit on the M1 in Yorkshire after police traced a second-hand BMW bought by Chowdhury in Birmingham using false details.

Judge Jeremy Donne said: 'The tragic murder of Jamanoor Islam and the other offences which arose out of a trivial dispute, were horse play between young men.'

He told the 16-year-old: 'I am quite satisfied on the evidence I have heard that you were and remain a dangerous young man.'

Detective Chief Insepctor Tony Lynes, who led the investigation, said: "Jamanoor was brutally attacked by these defendants who went out that day looking to cause trouble and inflict serious harm on the victim's brother, following a petty dispute which quickly turned sour.

"It was a single stab wound to the victim's leg which caused significant injury and ultimately proved fatal, and I hope serves as a cautionary tale to any young people thinking about carrying and using a knife and not thinking about the possible consequences."

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