Ziko Sulliman jailed for stabbing friends in Middlesbrough

  • 6 September 2013
  • From the section Tees
Ziko Sulliman
Image caption Ziko Sulliman attacked his friends in Middlesbrough in May

A man has been jailed for stabbing two friends in a drunken row over the TV news coverage of the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Sudanese asylum seeker Ziko Sulliman, 27, grabbed a knife and attacked his friends in Middlesbrough in May after drinking cider.

He had previously admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding and having a blade.

At Teesside Crown Court he was jailed for five years.

Sulliman slashed at his friend Zakaria Zain who had apparently expressed disgust at the killing.

Zain was cut on the cheek and leg. Khalid Osman suffered a cut hand when he tried to intervene.

Andrew Teate, defending, said: "It is alcohol that has played a very significant part in this offending."

Judge George Moorhouse said custody was "the only suitable penalty".

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed in Woolwich, south-east London, in May.

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