Man convicted of Walthamstow knife attack

A man has been convicted for a horrific knife attack in east London in which his young victim was attacked without provocation or warning.

Arslan Ahmed, 20, of Waltham Forest, was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, June 22 of Section 20 GBH.

Police were called at 12:50am on September 7, 2018 to Forest Road, E17 after reports of a fight. A 17-year-old boy was found with a stab injury to his neck. He was rushed to hospital where, his condition was assessed as not life-threatening.

He alleged that he had approached an unknown male to speak to him who then became immediately aggressive and attempted to fight him. An altercation began and he was stabbed.

Ahmed was identified and arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH and taken into custody. He was later released under investigation before being charged in March 2020.

Ahmed is due to be sentenced for this offence and two other knife-related offences, for which he has already been convicted and remanded in custody. Sentencing for all three offences is due to be heard at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, October 5.

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at around 2.30pm, Ahmed alighted a 158 bus at Blackhorse Road Tube Station when he became involved in an altercation in which an 18-year-old man was stabbed multiple times. His injuries were life-threatening and he was hospitalised for a month.

In October 2019 he was involved in an incident in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in which a man was attacked and stabbed. His injuries were not life threatening.

For both offences he was charged with S18 Grievous Bodily Harm with intent.

Detective Constable Kelly Jones, of the North East Command Unit, said: “None of the victims did anything to warrant the extreme violence they were subjected to, but on each occasion were thrust into nightmarish scenarios that went from just exchanging words to knives being pulled and used.

“Some of these horrifying and sudden events were carried out, without any apparent care, in front of scores of onlookers who were left absolutely terrified by what was unfolding. In the January 2019 incident, but for the skill of doctors and nurses, the victim could have died. It could have easily been a murder investigation instead.

“Arslan Ahmed is a dangerous and habitual knife carrier. I hope he will spend a considerable time behind bars and am in no doubt that the streets of London will be all the safer for it.”

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Mick Ferris

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