Machete thug jailed for Westferry attack
A father saw his son brutally attacked in an unprovoked machete attack which saw him lose an eye and part of his nose.
Saifour Rahman, 23, of Charnwood Gardens on the Isle of Dogs, was sent to prison for an indefinite period when he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for the attack.
He had previously been found guilty on October 25 last year for the incident which took place on April 27 outside Perfect Fried Chicken in Westferry Road.
Rahman was part of a gang armed with sticks, poles and a machete who ran up to the victim and his two friends.
Rahman struck the victim with a machete to the face, which resulted in the loss of his left eye and also severed his nose at the bridge leaving him requiring facial reconstruction surgery.
The victim's father, who was working in a nearby shop, saw the incident but did not have time to get to his son before the blow was struck.
Another man managed to duck out of the way as Rahman took another swing with the machete.
It was recommended Rahman serve a minimum of seven and a half years for the attack.
Detective Sergeant Lee McCullough said: "This conviction highlights the continual commitment of the Metropolitan Police Service the dealing with violent crimes committed by those willing to use weapons against innocent members of the community.
"The sentence sends out a clear message to others that they will be brought to justice if they commit such crime."