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'Dangerous offenders’ jailed after stabbing man three times

AN ACT OF GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE: Levi Miller (left) and Abdul Azam

TWO MEN were jailed on Thursday (April 18) after a man was stabbed three times on the evening of the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Following a two-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court east Londoners Levi Miller, 20, and 25-year-old Abdul Azam were both found guilty of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) on March 11.

Miller, who was also found guilty of an offence of affray, was sentenced to 11 years and nine months for the (GBH) and nine months for affray, while Azam was sentenced to seven years for GBH and six months for actual bodily harm.

Police had come across a large crowd of 30-40 people in Stratford where they discovered an 18-year-old man with three stab wounds to his torso on the evening of July 27, 2012.

The victim's father was administering first aid and officers then gave first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service.

The victim was taken to hospital and discharged the following day after treatment. He had suffered two punctured lungs.

Examination of the CCTV footage established that two of the men involved were Azam and Miller.

They were seen getting into a black Vauxhall Zafira and driving off, returning a short while later in an attempt to run down the two males they had just fought.

Subsequent forensic examinations on the recovered blade, identified Miller's DNA at the opposite end of the blade, closest to where the handle would have been if it had not broken.

Phone evidence also proved crucial in identifying Miller's involvement in the crime.

"This has been a difficult case due to the reluctance of the victims and witnesses to assist police with this inquiry,” said Detective Constable Paul Tyler of Waltham Forest Police.

“We will always respect the wishes of each victim but should they choose not to assist us we will, without reservation, still pursue offenders who cause the most harm to our community. This incident caused significant alarm and distress to the family and residents of this community in Leytonstone.

"Miller and Azam sought out an innocent young man in an act of gratuitous violence. I am extremely pleased that two dangerous offenders have been convicted.”

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