A youth worker who lived a double life as a ruthless gang leader was jailed indefinitely today for blinding a man by hacking a machete through his eyeball.
Saifour Rahman, 23, appeared to be a pillar of the community, giving up his free time to volunteer at an outreach project for youngsters.
But beneath this veneer of respectability, Rahman headed an east London gang known as the Timber Wharf Boys and went by the street name of 'Jackal'.
As the head of a mob of 20 armed with baseball bats and sticks, machete-wielding Rahman meted out a wicked attack on Razaull Ahmed, 22, on the Isle of Dogs. . . .
'A large group of Asian males with scarves wrapped around their faces and with weapons came running towards them down Westferry Road,' said prosecutor Jonathan Foy.
'Estimates to how many there were in the group vary but it is somewhere between seven and 20.'
Foy told the court that Saifour Rahman was at the front of the pack with a large machete in his hand, and the gang ran towards Mr Ahmed and his two companions.
They then set upon him with their weapons: baseball bats, poles and pieces of wood.
'In an act of shocking savagery, Mr Saifour Rahman slashed Mr Ahmed's face,' said Foy.
'It was a wicked and deliberate blow. The blow of the machete bit deep into his nose and cut straight through his left eye.
Razaull underwent surgery at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, but doctors were unable to save his eye.
The court heard Rahman regularly volunteered with the Docklands Outreach charity - a support service for young people in Tower Hamlets.
Rahman had also worked with youngsters at the Island House Community Centre on the Isle of Dogs.
Co-accused Emad Ahmed, 22, Sofiul Bosor, also 22, and Sahab Ali, 27, were all said to have been members of the armed mob but were all cleared. (Read more.)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
U.K. Muslim Youth Leader Saifour Rahman Convicted of Stabbing Gang Rival in the Eye with Machete
Hmmm. Now where could these young Muslims have gotten the idea that disagreements are to be settled through violence? Let's see. According to Muhammad, (1) if someone doesn't accept Islam, you fight him, (2) if someone leaves Islam, you execute him, (3) if someone steals, you hack of a body part, (4) if a wife is disobedient, you beat her into submission, and (5) if people are guilty of sexual sin, you either give them lashes or stone them to death. It seems that, in Islam, violence is the solution for practically everything.