London: Muslim man who rammed Range Rover into group of Muslims celebrating Eid in east London jailed


A man who deliberately rammed his Range Rover into a crowd celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid in east London has been jailed for 12 years.

Akikul Islam, 25, was today handed the lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm in May.

Two men were seriously injured in the attack on July 7 last year.

Islam had arrived in Frimley Way, Mile End, in the company of another car just before 1am as Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan.

CCTV footage showed three men get out of the two cars and begin arguing with a group of around ten males armed with baseball bats and bottles.

Islam remained in his car as a fight escalated around him.

However, as the other car sped off he turned around and drove directly at three of the men, running over a 24-year-old and smashing into a parked car.

The Old Bailey heard he then reversed, hitting a second 20-year-old man, and pulled off dragging his victims beneath the wheels.

The younger victim was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and continues to receive medical care.

The 24-year-old was also injured but has since been discharged.

Detective Inspector Chris Soole, from Tower Hamlets, said: “This sentence reflects the gravity of his actions that day. The court had previously heard that Islam was behind the wheel of a Range Roger which he used as a weapon when he deliberately drove at a group of men who were celebrating Eid-al-Fitr.

“Two of the men required hospital treatment; one of whom is still receiving medical care. It is fortunate that no one else was harmed.”

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “A number of other people have been arrested as part of this investigation and remain on bail.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

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