Osama Hussain, aged 28, has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for a “callous” attack, which left a man with multiple stab wounds to his arm and back, narrowly missing his spine.
The “arrogant”, “cocky” and “agitated” behaviour captured in the footage is exactly how passengers described Hussain’s demeanour on the tram journey to Wolverhampton on the afternoon of Friday 22nd July.
Picking an argument with another passenger, Hussain became abusive towards the conductor when he was asked to turn his music down and stop drinking.
As Hussain got off the tram at Bilston, he turned his attentions to his victim, a man, aged 32, from Birmingham, who accidentally knocked into him while getting off the service.
Hussain immediately launched into a tirade of abuse and followed the man up the stairs where he rained multiple blows on the man’s head and body while holding a folding pocket knife.
Despite being injured, and determined his attacker would not get away with it, the victim filmed Hussain on his mobile phone as he left the station, leading to his identification from a media appeal.
Following an appeal shared on Birmingham Updates, British Transport Police officers went to Hussain’s address in Acocks Green, and arrested him on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
Hussain was charged with the offences and, after admitting them at an earlier court hearing, he appeared before Birmingham Crown Court last week where he was handed a nine-year term for the GBH with a 12-month sentence for the offensive weapon to run concurrently.
Detective Constable Tim Friend from BTP said: “This was a completely unprovoked and callous attack which Hussain has offered no explanation for.
“This could have been a lot worse; if the stab wound on the back had been an inch to one side or had Hussain’s fist, which concealed his knife, connected with the victim’s head at a certain angle, the outcome would have been very different.
“However, this incident has left the victim with more than physical scars. It has deeply affected his outlook on life and he now feels constantly on edge, is fearful of leaving the house and suffers flashbacks.
“While nothing can repair the harm Hussain did that day, we hope this lengthy sentence goes some way to helping the victim rebuild his life and I would like to commend his quick thinking which gave us the footage that allowed Hussain to be quickly identified.
“Knives cost lives and we will do everything we can to trace offenders and put them before the courts who, as this case shows, are willing to take people like Hussain off the streets for a considerable amount of time to make the West Midlands a safer place for all.”