A man has been found guilty of manslaughter after striking his victim over the head with a baseball bat, resulting in his death.
Emdadul Islam, 23 of Fowler Road, E7, was found guilty of the manslaughter of 31-year-old Titu Miah at the Old Bailey today, after a trial which started on Thursday, 12 April.
He pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon at the start of the trial.
Mr Miah suffered a fatal head injury after being hit over the head with a bat during a fight involving a number of people in Plashet Road, Newham in October 2017, during which a 16-year-old boy was also wounded.
A second man – Yasin Patel, 21 of Queens Road West, E13 – had denied grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the stabbing, but pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial.
Islam will be sentenced on 2 May. Patel will be sentenced on 3 May.
Police were called just before 15:30hrs on 12 October to Plashet Road, Newham to reports of a disturbance and a male stabbed.
Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service. A 16-year-old boy was found at the scene with a stab wound to his leg and chest. He was taken to an east London hospital.
He was later discharged from hospital and was subsequently arrested for his involvement in the incident. He was later released with no further action to be taken.
At around 16:00hrs that afternoon, police were alerted to a 31-year-old man suffering a head injury who had attended an east London hospital. He died in hospital five days after the incident, on 17 October.
The victim was later identified as 31-year-old Titu Miah, from Plaistow. He had suffered a fractured skull, and a post mortem cause of death was given as a head injury.
The court heard that the 16-year-old stabbing victim was in Plashet Road with a group of friends when a Mercedes – containing Titu and his stepson Patel – pulled into the road and stopped. Titu got out and the group ran in different directions.
The 16-year-old victim was chased and stabbed multiple times by Patel in his left leg and chest. Mr Miah also assaulted him whilst he was on the ground.
As Titu and Yasin Patel stood in Plashet Road, Islam – who was in a barbers shop getting his hair cut – fetched a baseball bat from the boot of his car, approached Mr Miah from behind and struck him over the back of the head, hitting him again whilst he is on the ground.
Emdadul Islam drove away from the scene after the attack but returned to the barbers shop a short time later – with police and paramedics now on scene tending to the injured teenage boy.
Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation.
CCTV footage was analysed, and captured Islam arriving at the scene in his BMW and visiting the barbers shortly before the fight. Detectives located the BMW vehicle on 21 October.
On 22 October, Islam’s solicitor contacted police to say Islam would hand himself in. Islam was arrested on 23 October and charged the following day.
Patel was charged on 3 November in relation to the 16-year-old stabbed.
DS Perry Benton, who led the investigation, said: “It appears that Islam was not involved in the initial fight which Titu was a part of, but he took it upon himself to casually arm himself with a baseball bat and carry out an alarming, sudden attack on Titu which resulted in a critical head injury from which he could not recover.
“Patel was identified as the person who stabbed the 16-year-old victim who fortunately did not suffer serious, lasting injury. The motive for this attack is unclear, although we believe it may have been due to a disagreement between Patel and a relative of the victim.
“This was a despicable show of violence in broad daylight on a residential street which resulted in a man dead and a young victim stabbed, and two people now facing long jail terms for their part in this incident.”