Stepson who stabbed Chadwell Heath imam to death jailed for five years

A teenager who stabbed his Muslim cleric stepfather to death in a row over the family TV has been locked up for just five years.

Moynul Haque, 18, attacked Mohammed Rahman, 43, with a kitchen knife before making a tearful 999 call in which he admitted: “I used a knife... killed him”.

Haque knifed Mr Rahman, the imam at Chadwell Heath Educational and Cultural Society, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath after the older man became enraged when he found the teenager moved the family’s TV set into his bedroom on September 30.

In a statement read by defence lawyer Brian O’Neill, Haque’s mother Rongmala Bibi begged her son not to go to jail.

“In one night I lost my husband and my son,” he read.

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“I had got on well with my husband he was a good husband.

“I have also lost my son - he was a good son - he didn’t do it on purpose.

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“I don’t want Moynul to go to jail – if Moynul went to jail for a long time it would have a huge effect on me.”

Haque was sentenced to five years in a Young Offenders’ Institute but could now be released in just two years as he has already served six months on remand.

Mr Rahman received a single stab wound to the heart in a scuffle broke out at the family’s home in Melford Avenue, Barking.

He died from his injuries five days later.

Haque initially appeared at the Old Bailey accused of murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the fourth day of the trial.

Sentencing Haque at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday judge Nicholas Browne said: “I accept you did not intend to kill him or seriously harm him and you immediately regretted what you had done.”

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