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Two charged with waiter’s murder after restaurant fight

PUBLISHED: 14:47 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

Mr syed qamar islam.. Mr islam  was killed at maida resaurant on bethnal green rd...collect pic by barry phillips

Mr syed qamar islam.. Mr islam was killed at maida resaurant on bethnal green rd...collect pic by barry phillips

TWO youths were in court today (Monday) charged with the murder of 28-year-old waiter Syed Islam following a fight involving 20 people at his restaurant in London’s East End. Syed, who was 28, died after Thursday evening’s violence at the Maida restaurant in Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green

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TWO youths were in court today (Monday) charged with the murder of 28-year-old waiter Syed Islam following a fight involving 20 people at his restaurant in London’s East End.

Syed, who was 28, died after Thursday evening’s violence at the Maida restaurant in Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green.

The youths charged with his murder, 18-year-old Mohammed Shaubuzzaman from Wyllen Close in Whitechapel and 19-year-old Bahar Uddin from Rosebury House on Bethnal Green’s Parkview housing estate, were before Thames magistrates.

Police, meanwhile, have issued an appeal today for witnesses and information.

Det Chief Ins Carl Mehta said: “There were up to 20 people in the Maida restaurant on Thursday night and we’re appealing for anyone who was there or in the street between 7.30 and 8.30pm to contact us.”

Three men including Syed were found with head injuries and taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

But Syed died on Friday afternoon. He was a Pakistani national who lived in Bethnal Green Road working part-time as a waiter while studying IT. A post-mortem on Sunday at Poplar gave cause of death as head injury.

The two others injured in the incident, a man of 30 and youth of 17, were kept in hospital overnight and discharged on Friday.

The 17-year-old was one of seven people arrested in connection with Syed’s death, including the two in court this morning. Five have been bailed to return to police pending further investigations.

Detectives want witnesses or anyone with information to call the Homicide & Serious Crime Command incident room, set up at Barking, on 020-8345 3734.


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