Teen travelled from Birmingham for Leytonstone murder

Ghulam Sadiq, 18, was murdered in broad daylight on a busy street last August

Emadh Miah (credit: Met Police)

The teenager who stabbed Leytonstone local Ghulam Sadiq to death last August was found guilty of murder today.

A jury at the Old Bailey previously heard that Emadh Miah, an 18-year-old from the West Midlands, travelled from Birmingham to carry out the attack, after using a fake name and driving licence to buy large serrated knives from the internet.

Ghulam, a Leytonstone teen who was described as “a kind and gentle person” by a local shopkeeper in the aftermath of his death, died on 6th August last year after he was stabbed in the back at around 2.15pm in his area’s High Road.

At his trial, Miah pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder, claiming he had “diminished responsibility” due to his mental health. However, the jury rejected this argument.

Murder victim Ghulam Sadiq (courtesy of Metropolitan Police)

Speaking after the verdict today, Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley said: “This is one of those rare cases where we have never been able to conclusively establish a motive for the crime.

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“Miah tried to claim diminished responsibility, but the careful planning that went into buying weapons and his actions throughout the day of the fatal attack meant the jury were able to see through his deceit.

“Ghulam’s family have now seen the man responsible for his death brought to justice, but I know that their anguish and loss will be with them forever and our thoughts remain with them.

“The team worked quickly to identify and arrest Miah and to uncover the attempts he had made to purchase the weapons he used in the attack. I cannot help but reflect that large knives and machetes being sold online is open to abuse and lamentably continues to be a risk to the public.”

In the weeks leading up to the murder, Miah attempted to buy a 15-inch Rambo-style knife online but had his order rejected when the seller realised he had used a fake ID.

The following day, he successfully purchased two knives advertised as a ‘Fantasy Spartan Sword blackout version serrated-bade two piece set’, which were shipped to his local post office in Solihull.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey at a later date.

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