Grandfather convicted of stabbing man to death on Isle of Dogs
A jury at the Old Bailey has found a grandfather guilty of murdering a 20-year-old man in a residential street on the Isle of Dogs.
Shofique Uddin, 51, killed Sultan Ahmed in Larson Walk on May 29 last year. It came after an argument with Uddin's neighbours about dirty water seeping into his garden.
Sultan was stabbed with the knife through his left lung and heart. He died at the scene despite treatment from police officers.
The court had heard about a confrontation earlier that day in which a son of Uddin verbally abused a female next door over the water coming into their property from carpets being washed.
Later a group, made up of family members from the neighbouring house and their friends, knocked on Uddin's door to confront the son.
It soon became heated and Uddin was seen waving a knife wildly before stabbing Sultan, a friend of the neighbours.
Detective Inspector Andy Jones of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This was a neighbourly dispute that spiralled way out of control with tragic consequences.
"Although there were two sides to this dispute, only one side chose to arm themselves with weapons.
"Given that, it is right that Uddin should face the consequences of his actions. I would like to praise the family of the victim, Mr Ahmed, for the dignity they have shown throughout this investigation."
Uddin's wife, Gulbahar Begum, also 51, was acquitted of two counts of grievous bodily harm, while the couple's daughter Rahela Begum, 27, was cleared of actual bodily harm.
Uddin will be sentenced for the murder at a later date. He was found guilty by the jury on Tuesday.