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Simon Alam, an engineering student, was ordered to serve at least five years in a Young Offenders’ Institute and Sheikh Rashid, a bus driver, was jailed for at least four years.
A fifth man, Bangladesh-born Badruzzuha Uddin, 24, who helped the men by hiding blood-stained clothing, was jailed for two years.
Uddin and Alam, born in Germany, may now face deportation.
The gang made at least two aborted attempts to target Mr Smith in the days before the attack, finally catching up with him as he made his way on foot along Burdett Road in Mile End at 8am on July 12 last year.
Moments before the attack, as the men pulled on gloves, Azad Hussein could be heard saying: ‘Does everyone remember the drill? One time, bang, bang, bang, bang.’
The recording was then silent for ten minutes while the attack took place.
In the course of the attack Mr Smith was attacked with a knife, a metal rod and a brick and was hit in the stomach, and kicked in the head and face as he lay on the ground.
After the attack, the four men, pumped up on adrenaline, returned to Akmol Hussein’s Ford Focus where they were heard boasting about the attack, praising Allah and listening to Jihadi music.
Akmol Hussain said: ‘Praise to Allah. At that time nobody was there…Bruv, I don’t care about prison as long as I’m doing it for the deen [religion] of Allah…you know what, he’s not going to get up”
Arabic chanting in the background included the lyrics: ‘If we are killed, then our Lord’s heavens are for us. If we are victorious, it is the inevitable promise’.
Traces of Mr Smith’s blood were found in Uddin’s car and the attackers’ blood-soaked clothing was found in a garage where Uddin worked as a mechanic. DNA testing showed the blood was Mr Smith’s and the clothing had been worn by Akmol Hussein and Simon Alam.
When they were first detained the five men either refused to comment or denied their involvement in the attack but they were rearrested in August after police transcribed and translated some of the material recorded in Akmol Hussein’s car.
Despite suffering depression, anxiety and horrific physical injuries, Mr Smith, a former martial arts enthusiast, has returned to his job.
Days after the assault, he said: ‘I’m determined to be back at work,” but added: “I wouldn’t want anybody else to suffer what I went through. I survived but somebody else might not.’
Superintendent Colin Morgan of Scotland Yard said: “I know that the community of east London has been shocked by this vicious assault on a valued and highly respected teacher.
“This was an unprovoked and premeditated attack by a group of men who were carrying weapons. Mr Smith was struck without warning, and was subjected to an appalling level of violence with no opportunity to defend himself.”