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Violent knife attacker jailed for three years

PUBLISHED: 15:52 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

A TEENAGE knifeman who stabbed a stranger in the stomach in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for three years.  Abdul Miah, 19, of Ormiston Road,

A TEENAGE knifeman who stabbed a stranger in the stomach in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for three years.

Abdul Miah, 19, of Ormiston Road, Grove Park was one of a group of thugs who targeted Richard Bingham as he walked with his girlfriend.

The 26-year-old driver was beaten and kicked to the ground and had a bottle smashed over his head as his partner screamed helplessly nearby, the court heard. The dazed victim left the scene bleeding from a head wound and was stabbed when he returned with friends to confront his attackers minutes later.

Claire Cooper, prosecuting, told Woolwich Crown Court last Friday the couple were near the old Greenwich Hospital, Woolwich Road, Greenwich on the afternoon of June 4, last year, when one of the yobs began yelling abuse at Mr Bingham across the street.

Ms Cooper said: "He approached the male and he was surrounded by a further four males including the defendant. Mr Miah stood in front of him as he was punched from behind. He was repeatedly punched and kicked to the floor and from behind a beer bottle was smashed across his head.

"His girlfriend was screaming and thought her boyfriend would die at the scene. In the melee she also received a blow to the face."

Mr Bingham joined friends to drive back to the scene and confront his attackers. "Mr Miah, using a knife, stabbed Mr Bingham to the stomach," said the prosecutor.

He suffered a 1cm cut and other minor injuries and spent three days in hospital.

He later picked out Mr Miah in an ID parade. Miah and fellow gang member Lance Thomas, 23, were arrested within the month. The teenager has a 'worrying list of convictions' including robbery on his record, the court heard. Both denied any wrongdoing but were convicted following a trial.

Jailing Miah for three years and Thomas for 12 months, Judge Charles Byers told the duo: "This was a disgraceful incident - an attack on a young man whilst he walked the street with his girlfriend, for reasons that have never really become plain.

"The public, especially in this area, are heartily sick of so many young men prowling the streets in this way, using violence to sort out their differences."

Miah and Thomas, of Coleraine Road, Greenwich, denied violent disorder but were convicted.

Miah further denied unlawful wounding and was convicted.

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