Boy, 16, who murdered Mile End man, 20, in egg throwing dispute is jailed for life
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A teenage boy has been jailed for life for the murder of a 20-year-old in Mile End in a dispute over eggs being thrown.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, must serve a minimum of 16 years for stabbing Syed Jamanoor Islam during an argument that escalated outside the victim’s home in Wagner Street on April 11 this year.
Inner London Crown Court heard Nayeem Chowdhury, 18, of Burdett Road, Mile End, and 19-year-old Samiur Rahman, of Cypress Street, Bethnal Green, had thrown eggs in jest at Syed’s brother but they had landed on the victim’s front door.
The act was taken as a sign of disrespect and led to the tyres on Chowdhury’s car being slashed and a fight broke out during which Rahman was assaulted.
Following the fight, three suspects were spotted on CCTV driving around Wagner Street in a rented Ford Fiesta looking for Syed’s brother.
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They were armed with a hunting knife and a baseball bat.
When Syed confronted Chowdury he was hit with a baseball bat by Ismail Muhammad Uddin, 18, of Cahir Street, Canary Wharf, and stabbed by the 16-year-old in his left leg.
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The wound pierced the femoral artery and vein and Syed died at the scene.
A jacket recovered at the crime scene contained Chowdury’s driving licence and car keys and hours after the attack Rahman, who had rented the car, reported the vehicle as stolen.
All four defendants fled to different addresses in the north of England and the Midlands but were arrested and subsequently charged.
The 16-year-old was convicted of murder last month and jailed last week.
Chowdhury was found guilty of conspiracy to commit ABH, Uddin was found guilty of conspiracy to commit ABH and possession of an offensive weapon and Rahman was found guilty of conspiracy to commit ABH and perverting the course of justice.
All three were jailed for 18 months each.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, who led the investigation, said: “Today’s sentencing is the culmination of a needless set of events in which Jamanoor lost his life; a trivial dispute escalating into murder.”As a result a 16-year-old boy has been imprisoned, and Jamanoor’s family have been left broken by the brutal manner of his death. I can only hope this sentencing serves as both a small comfort to Jamanoor’s family as they attempt to move on with their lives without him, and also as a warning to any other young people thinking about carrying and using a knife that the consequences can be catastrophic.”