Minicab murder: Guilty love rival faces sentence for Stratford killing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:16 01 May 2015

Gulam Chowdhury will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow

Gulam Chowdhury will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow


The fate of the man who murdered Mohammed Yasser Afzal by stabbing him 20 times will be decided today.

Mohammed Yasser AfzalMohammed Yasser Afzal

A jury at the Old Bailey found Gulam Chowdhury, 24, guilty of killing Mohammed Yasser Afzal on March 24, 2014.

His girlfriend, Nargis Riaz, 22, who was also accused of murder, will face a retrial after the jury failed to return a verdict.

Mr Afzal, who lived in Norwich Road, Forest Gate, died after being stabbed at the E20 Cars control office in Stratford Broadway.

During the four week trial, the court heard how Mr Afzal, 22, was killed by love rival Chowdhury after his secret girlfriend Riaz felt she could not break up with him in case he showed intimate photos of her to her family.

Giving evidence during the trial, Riaz, of Fanshawe Avenue, Barking, had said she and Chowdhury, of Heenan Close, Barking, only planned to take Mr Afzal’s phone on the night he was stabbed.

The court heard that on the night Mr Afzal was killed, Chowdhury arrived at the cab office at around 8pm with an eight inch knife, vaulted the counter and attacked him before fleeing the scene.

He never regained consciousness.

Check back here later today to read the full sentence as it is announced.

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