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Youth worker sentenced to ten years prison following Isle of Dogs attack

PUBLISHED: 11:23 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 12:28 06 September 2011

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A 24-year-old youth worker has been jailed for ten years following an attack on the Isle of Dogs in which a teenager was stabbed in the head.

Hashu Miah, of Triton House, Cahir Street, Isle of Dogs, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm with intent at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Friday for the attack which left his victim with a fractured vertebrae and permanent injuries.

He was found guilty following a two-week trial which heard how a group of around 10 men, including Miah, set upon and chased a 19-year-old man who was with a group of friends.

During the attack last February, near the junction of Spindrift Avenue and Westferry Road, the victim received multiple stab wounds to his head and a fractured eye socket, back and finger, along with multiple superficial injuries. Miah was identified as having inflicted various injuries.

Miah was arrested last February following the attack. He was refused bail because he was a youth worker with access to addresses.

The court also heard that here was a history of the victim complaining about the defendant.

Det Con Peter Eddy, of Tower Hamlets Violent Crime Unit, said “This was a cowardly and vicious attack on a defenceless man.

“This investigation and the sentence passed sends out a robust message that violent crime within Tower Hamlets will not be tolerated and the police with the help of the victims and witnesses will prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law.”

His colleague Det Sgt Paul Wiggett, added: “The victim has been left with life changing injuries as a consequence of the attack. His slow recovery will be helped by the tough sentence handed down to Miah. Directly tackling such mindless behaviour is a policing priority and such a sentence reflects the seriousness of this crime.”

Co-defendant Shahad Ahmed, 18, of Hesperus Crescent, Isle of Dogs was acquitted at trial.

Officers have not been able to identify any other members of the attacking group.

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