Machete-wielding wife in Isle of Dogs murder trial says gang of up to 30 attacked family
The wife of a man charged with murdering a 20-year-old in a dispute over dirty water said a group of up to 30, some brandishing knives, attacked them.
The husband, Shofique Uddin, 51, is alleged to have stabbed Sultan Ahmed in the back in the incident at Larson Walk on May 29 last year.
It followed an argument between two families, neighbours in the Isle of Dogs street, over dirty water seeping into Uddin's garden.
Uddin's wife, Gulbahar Begum, 48, is also on trial in the Old Bailey hearing, accusing of attacking two people with a dha - a knife similar to a machete.
In a statement, given during a police interview the day after the fight, and read out in court by Christopher Hehir for the prosection, Begum said she was praying upstairs in the house when she heard "raised voices" and a "commotion" coming from the street below.
"I came out and saw my husband and my daughter being attacked by between 20 and 30 people and my 10-year-old son Amir with a bleeding hand," she added.
"Some attackers had knives and I was worried for my family so I picked up an instrument - known as a dha. As I raised it above my head it was snatched from me.
"I don't recall hitting anyone although I may have swung it."
She said she did not see anyone get injured and then the family managed to get back inside the house.
Begum then refused to answer of the questions put by police in the interview.
The court heard the victim was a friend of the neighbour's son. The prosection say he was acting as a peacemaker in the dispute when he was fatally attacked by Uddin with a knife.
Police have never been able to find the weapon used to attack Mr Ahmed.
The couple's daughter Rahela Begum, 28, is also at the Old Bailey accused actual bodily harm. All three deny the charges.
The case continues.