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Lee Rigby Row Knife Attack: Man Jailed
An asylum seeker from Sudan has been given a five-year prison sentence after he admitted slashing two friends in a row over the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.
Ziko Sulliman, 27, grabbed a knife and attacked one of the men in Middlesbrough in May after he had been drinking cider.
He slashed Zakaria Zain across the cheek, inflicting a wound which needed five stitches, and in the leg.
Their friend, Khalid Osman, suffered a cut hand when he tried to intervene and stop the attack.
A witness told police Sulliman had been watching the TV news with Mr Zain when an item about the Woolwich murder was shown, a source close to the case said after the hearing.
Mr Zain expressed his disgust at the killing and he and Sulliman then started to speak in their native tongue, the source said, before a row broke out.
Sulliman admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, wounding and having a blade, at a previous hearing at Teesside Crown Court.
Andrew Teate, defending, said Sulliman, of Aire Street, Middlesbrough, was distressed by what he had done to his friends.
"It is alcohol that has played a very significant part in this offending," Mr Teate said.
Judge George Moorhouse jailed him for five years, saying: "These are very serious offences, so serious that only a custodial sentence is the only suitable penalty."
:: Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died of multiple stab wounds inflicted as he returned to barracks in Woolwich on May 22.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, and Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, London, have been charged with his murder and are expected to go on trial in November.