Felixstowe chef jailed

A FELIXSTOWE chef was behind bars today after being given a 16-month sentence for burglary.Drug addict Mahmud Miah , 26, who worked at Nice n Spicey , in Undercliff Road West, broke in to an East London flat in February to help a friend.

By RICHARD CORNWELL

richard.cornwell@eveningstar.co.uk

A DRUG addict chef was behind bars today after being given a 16-month sentence for burglary.

Mahmud Miah, 26, who worked at Nice n Spicey, in Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, broke in to an East London flat in February to help a friend.

He escaped from the scene after a fight with a have-a-go-hero but was later traced and arrested by police after his fingerprint was found.

Miah, of Thomas Road, Poplar, East London, who worked for the take away in Felixstowe for two weeks, was sentenced at Southwark Crown court on Wednesday.

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The chef, who was described by Ali Akmol, the manager of Nice n Spicey, as a 'dodgy character' who kept himself to himself, broke in to a flat in Stanby Road, Bow, East London, on February 5, this year.

He was caught inside the flat, which had been empty at the time of the raid, by a concerned neighbour, but after a struggle broke free.

Miah, who has a criminal record of theft and possessing drugs, admitted burglary.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin, QC, said: "Breaking in to somebody's home is a very serious matter.

"It is an aggravating feature that before leaving, you became violent in order to avoid apprehension."

The judge however took in to account that Miah did not have a 'bad record'.

Miah also admitted possession of 50mg of heroin and 30ml of methadone, when he was arrested at Mile End tube station only hours later in a police sweep of the area.

But he was not arrested for the botched burglary until April 3 and has been in custody ever since.

George Papageorgis, prosecuting, said at around 6pm on February 5, a neighbour noticed a group of Asian youths standing around the Bow property and 'realised something was going on'.

He said the man then saw the kitchen window had been removed and was hanging off its hinges.

The barrister said the neighbour bravely intervened.

"There was a struggle and some punches were thrown at the resident, who was also kicked by the defendant."

Mark Fenhalls, defending, said Miah had worked as a chef in different restaurants since he was 17 and used his wages to support his eight-year drug habit.

He said: "This was an offence without much planning. He helped somebody else. He is very sorry but it is wholly out of character."