Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Britain: An Iraqi Kurd asylum seeker has been found guilty of malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

The Herald:

A man has been found guilty of a knife attack on a Plymouth teenager but was cleared of a second stabbing on the same night.

Shaho Ahmed, an Iraqi Kurd asylum seeker of no fixed address, was found guilty of malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm by the 11-1 majority verdict of a jury at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday.

Seventeen-year-old Jake Jones, who suffered a punctured lung in the attack, told the court during the trial that he was in shock when the blade entered his chest. He said: "I thought I was going to die."

Ahmed, 22, faced three charges in connection with an incident in North Road West just before midnight on Saturday November 25, last year. He was cleared of attempted murder and wounding Daniel Muirhead with intent.

The court also heard that Ahmed, who appeared in court with a translator, denied being at the scene in North Road West until a drop of his blood was found there.

Outside the court, Mr Jones' father Leroy Hoare said: "I think some sort of justice has been done. It will put Jake's mind at rest and give him some sense of protection."

The police officer in charge of the case, DC Sean Beer, said the result was a reflection of the courage shown by those who had assisted the investigation.

'I LIED BECAUSE I WAS THREATENED'

'I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE' - TEENAGER TELLS COURT OF ALLEGED STABBING

ASYLUM-SEEKER DENIES DOUBLE KNIFE ATTACK

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