A man who attacked and stabbed three people in two linked incidents has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty at court.

Rohit Miah – 23 (28.12.98) of Mile End Road, E1 was jailed for a total of nine years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 3 March after being found guilty of three counts of grievous bodily harm and one count of affray. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing.

A second man – Ismail Mirza – 18 (03.05.03) of Westferry Road, E14 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 violent incidents that took place on the 9 and 10 April 2021 in the Whitechapel area.

The first incident occurred at around 22:00hrs on 9 April in the Whitechapel Road area. Miah became involved in a dispute with a male he knew and punched him in the face, breaking his nose. He also stabbed a second male in the arm.

Both males attended hospital for treatment and, after being discharged, the male who suffered the facial injury went to confront Miah.

A further altercation occurred in Whitechapel Road at around 01:45hrs on 10 April. During this incident, Miah stabbed the victim twice and also stabbed a second male who had come to assist his friend.

Mirza was also in attendance with Miah – he was armed with a metal bar and was witnessed swinging it during the altercation.

Both men were admitted to hospital for treatment to their injuries, but neither was deemed life threatening.

A police investigation began which combined analysis of CCTV and fast-time intelligence. Miah was eventually located along with Mirza on 19 April. Both men were arrested and charged.

Detective Constable Mario Toumazou of the Central East Public Protection Unit led the investigation – he 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.”