Saifour Rahman 2010
A youth worker who lived a double life as a ruthless gang leader was jailed indefinitely today for blinding a man by hacking a machete through his eyeball.
Saifour Rahman, 23, appeared to be a pillar of the community, giving up his free time to volunteer at an outreach project for youngsters.
But beneath this veneer of respectability, Rahman headed an east London gang known as the Timber Wharf Boys and went by the street name of ‘Jackal’.
As the head of a mob of 20 armed with baseball bats and sticks, machete-wielding Rahman meted out a wicked attack on Razaull Ahmed, 22, on the Isle of Dogs.
Mr Ahmed, who had been smoking a cigarette after a fast food meal, lost his left eye and was permanently disfigured after the act of ‘shocking savagery’.
Horrified witnesses had earlier watched the gang as they ‘tooled up’ in preparation for the unprovoked assault.
Rahman denied the attack but he was convicted by a jury after a three week trial in November at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Today Judge Murray Shanks gave Rahman an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) with a minimum of seven and a half years.