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16-year-old sentenced to life in prison for murder of Syed Jamanoor (photo)

The 16-year-old boy who was found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Syed Jamanoor Islam following a trial at Inner London Crown Court has been sentenced to life in prison

Three other men were also sentenced today in connection with the events of Jamanoor’s murder. Nayeem Chowdhury, 18, was sentenced to a total of 18 months for conspiracy to commit ABH and driving offences. Ismail Muhammad Uddin, 18, was sentenced to a total of 18 months for conspiracy to commit ABH and possession of an offensive weapon and Samiur Rahman, 19, was sentenced to a total of 18 months for conspiracy to commit ABH and perverting the course of justice.

Chowdhury, Uddin and Rahman were also found guilty following a trial at the Inner London Crown Court on Friday, 24 November and were sentenced today at the same court.

Jamanoor, 20, was stabbed in Wager Street, E3, at around 16:45hrs on Tuesday, 11 April. He was rushed to an east London hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 17:30hrs. A post-mortem examination which took place on 13 April gave the cause of death as a stab wound to his left leg which pierced the femoral artery and vein.

The court heard that the stabbing was an escalation of a dispute which started off with eggs being thrown by the victim's brother in jest. This led to eggs being thrown at Jamanoor's front door. It is believed that Chowdhury and Rahman were responsible. This was taken as a sign of disrespect, and in turn led to the tyres on Chowdhury's car being slashed, and an altercation where Rahman was assaulted.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, who led the investigation, said: "the 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.”

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