Thursday, July 30, 2015

Five Libyan soldiers jailed for night of drunken rampaging through city streets in which man was raped and four women sexually assaulted

  • Men had been training in the UK as part of agreement to help Libya 
  • Moktar Ali Sadd Mahmoud and Ibrahim Abugtila convicted of raping man
  • Ibrahim El Maarfi, Mohammed Abdalsalam, and Khaled El Azibi admitted assault of four women on same night
  • All five were jailed and will be deported back to Libya after being released   
Five Libyan soldiers have been jailed for a night of drunken rampaging through a city centre in which a man was raped and four women sexually assaulted.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were jailed for 12 years for the rape of a drunken man who they pounced on like a pair of 'hunting dogs.'

The took turns to brutally assault their drunken victim in a Cambridge park after leaving their barracks without permission.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33
Ibrahim Abugtila, 23
Guilty: Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were jailed for 12 years for the rape of a man 

They were among 300 Libyan trainees stationed at Bassingbourn, near Cambridge when they struck last October.

They denied rape and aiding and abetting rape but were found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court today after a trial.

It can now be reported that three other Libyan soldiers from the same base have also been jailed for sexually attacking four women in the same night in Cambridge.

They went on a drunken rampage in the university city after stealing bikes and cycling the 10 miles from Bassingbourn.

Fuelled by alcohol, they roamed the streets looking for victims and pounced four times in the space of an hour on October 26 last year.

They groped the terrified women, attempted to put their hands up their skirts and exposed themselves.

Ibrahim El Maarfi, 21, Mohammed Abdalsalam, 27, and Khaled El Azibi, 19, all admitted assault.

El Maarfi also admitted indecent exposure and Abdalsalam admitted threatening behaviour towards a police officer.

El Azibi was jailed for 12 months and the other two were both locked up for 10 months and all three will all be deported after their sentences from Norwich Crown Court.

The male rape victim was a man in his 20s who had been at a wedding and he described his attackers as 'horrendous' and 'not human'.

Prosecutor John Farmer said the two were seen on CCTV leading him to Christ's Pieces park.
He said: 'They behaved like two hunting dogs who had seen a wounded animal.

'They effectively took him over and, initially not using too much force and later more forcefully, kept him going in the direction they wanted him to go.'
Ibrahim El Maarfi
Khaled El Azibi
Ibrahim El Maarfi, 21, Khaled El Azibi, 19, and Mohammed Abdalsalam, 27, were all jailed

In the park, the defendants took it in turns to rape the man while the other held him down.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told officers: 'I cannot believe what I'm saying, they raped me. It was horrible, I feel horrible. Don't say anything to my mum.' 

Describing them as 'animals', he added: 'I was trying my hardest. I was trying my hardest and they were like overpowering me.'

The man told officers: 'They were horrendous, they weren't human. They weren't human people. They were horrendous people, they were sick people.

'They don't deserve to live, they shouldn't be alive.'

Mahmoud and Abugtila will also be deported after serving their sentences.

Outside court, Detective Inspector Alan Page, who led the investigation, said: 'This was a truly horrendous crime and I hope today's result will allow the victim some closure and to begin rebuilding his life.

'He has shown tremendous bravery throughout this whole process and I am grateful to him for the trust he placed in police in ensuring that justice was done.

'These men deliberately targeted their victim because of his vulnerability that night, which they took advantage of to commit this callous crime.' 

More than 300 Libyan trainees arrived at Bassingbourn in June, but were sent back to Libya after the sex crimes surfaced. 

THE RESIDENTS OF BASSINGBOURN FELT THEY WERE ACCUSED OF NIMBYISM

When villagers in Bassingbourn first raised fears about Libyan soldiers being trained on the local army base, they felt their concerns were dismissed as unfounded Nimbyism.
But within months of the troops' arrival last June, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) scheme to train the troubled country's new military lay in tatters after a string of sex attacks on members of the public, reports of disturbances around the base and a 'collapse of discipline' on it.
Following the arrests of five of the soldiers in November, some 300 men - a mix of established armed forces, new recruits and former revolutionaries - were sent back to Libya early.
It brought to an end an agreement to train 2,000 men to support the newly-recognised government following the 2011 collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
A risk assessment later released by the MoD under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the military had concerns about the potential conduct of the cadets from the start.
It raised particular concerns about cultural attitudes to sexual violence and reports of war-related rapes and attacks.
Baaingbourn Barracks in Cambridge where all five men where being trained as part of an agreement with Libya
Baaingbourn Barracks in Cambridge where all five men where being trained as part of an agreement with Libya

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament there were 'things we could have done better' and he admitted regrets over the way it was handled.
Peter Robinson, chairman of Bassingbourn Parish Council, said: 'Our concerns were dismissed from the start - they were determined this was going ahead and we were treated like hysterical locals.
'Now, sadly, our concerns have been completely vindicated - it's just a shame it had to happen in such a terrible way.'
Residents first became concerned when they were told their usual access to facilities on the base was to be restricted for 'security reasons'.
'We weren't sure if this was to protect the Libyans from us or to protect us from them,' Mr Robinson said.
'We started thinking 'Are these men really so dangerous that we can't be allowed anywhere near them?'.
'It soon became clear these weren't really soldiers at all.
'There was no real vetting, no command structure and they were coming from a chaotic country with no regard to the rules and regulations we take for granted.'
There were unconfirmed reports of the cadets storming the guardroom after one of their number was disciplined and regular Thursday night outbreaks of disorder.
Residents described finding soldiers hiding under cars, wandering the streets drunk and engaging in anti-social behaviour.
A MoD investigation later found the first signs of trouble in August when a shop worker reported being molested and recruits were spotted out unsupervised on three occasions.
Cambridgeshire Police were forced to deny 'incidents of disorder' but said officers had increased their presence in the area as 'reassurance' after riot vans were seen lining up in the high street.
Mr Robinson said: 'In some ways I feel sorry for the Army: they were given a poisoned chalice.
'There was no discipline among the soldiers and they had no real sanctions for when they stepped out of line.
The Libyan soldiers have all now been sent home and a assessment released by the MOD revealed they had concerns about soldiers conduct
The Libyan soldiers have all now been sent home and a assessment released by the MOD revealed they had concerns about soldiers conduct

'We tried to go along with this but every promise and assurance we were given was broken.'
The security and risk assessment document prepared before the troops' arrival claimed that before travelling to the UK, all cadets were vetted by both Libyan and British authorities.
But the report said 'full background information' on trainees was unlikely to be available.
The MoD has since said it will not carry out similar exercises at Bassingbourn - but such schemes could take place elsewhere in the UK.
A spokeswoman said: 'We have been clear that we will not be repeating this training at Bassingbourn.
'Training of foreign recruits in the UK on this scale is unusual. We would normally seek to undertake any such activity, where invited, in the host country.
'However, where we conduct UK-based training of foreign forces in the future, we will apply lessons from the conclusions of this report.'
Cambridge City Council leader Lewis Herbert said lessons must be learned from the Bassingbourn experience.
He said: 'We were told that there were a string of bad decisions which led to this but the most important was closing off other options of where, other than the UK, to train troops from a lawless and chaotic country.
'Soon after they arrived, the Libyan government stopped paying the troops, their officers were useless and the Army were desperately trying to keep them under control.
'It is clear from this that it is simply not viable to train troops from such a background, with no established command structures, on home soil, and we were told this would not happen again.'

Muslim convert who agitated for sharia state in UK given groundbreaking asbo

A Muslim convert who targeted members of the public as part of a campaign for a sharia state in Britain has been given a groundbreaking asbo, police have said.
Jordan Horner, 20, from northeast London has been ordered to stop preaching in public, in a legal first.
He had taken part in vigilante patrols and street protests promoting extreme versions of Islam in the city's East End.
He is also thought to have distributed leaflets and posters advertising a "sharia controlled zone" in Waltham Forest, the Metropolitan police said.
Horner appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday, where a series of restrictions were imposed.
Among these was an order not to meet with Anjem Choudary, Royal Barnes, Ricardo McFarlane or Dean Le Page "except for peaceful worship inside a mosque or other Islamic cultural centre".
Barnes, 23, of Hackney, east London, this week pleaded guilty to posting videos on YouTube glorifying the horrific killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May last year.
Barnes and his wife, Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south London.
In one of the videos posted through his Musa Real Talks account, Barnes hailed the murder as a "brilliant day".
In a followup, he mocked the outpouring of public grief, laughing uncontrollably as he drove past floral tributes.
He admitted three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder during a hearing at the Old Bailey. He is currently awaiting sentence.
He was also told he must not be in possession of a loudhailer in public or enter any educational establishment, unless he is a student there.
As well as being forbidden to preach and hand out leaflets in support of sharia law, Horner was banned from defacing public adverts.
The Met said: "Waltham Forest is one of London's most culturally diverse boroughs with almost half of its 235,000 residents being of a minority ethnic origin and from a multitude of religious backgrounds.
"Discrimination and persecution based on a person's cultural or religious background is something the police or council will not tolerate.
Chief Superintendent Mark Collins – Waltham Forest borough's commander – said: "The granting of an asbo against Jordan Horner sends a clear message that extremist behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets."
The asbo will run for five years and be in effect throughout London.

Muslim bought ricin to kill 1,400 people, faces light sentence: “no evidence that he was planning any sort of terrorist attack”

Ali toy car with ricinHe just wanted to get some ricin, you know, to have it around. Don’t you have some in the cookie jar? He just “wanted to know what the fuss was about.” Isn’t that completely plausible? Didn’t you buy some bubonic plague-carrying rats last year, just to see “what the fuss was about”? Let this poor Man of Peace off!
“Shocking pictures show how computer whizz hid ‘deadly ricin’ capable of killing 1,400 inside toy Lamborghini supercar,” by Richard Wheatstone, Mirror, July 29, 2015 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
Shocking pictures show how a computer geek attempted to stash a batch of ‘deadly ricin poison’ capable of killing 1,400 people inside a toy Lamborghini.
Mohammed Ali, 31, attempted to purchase the chemical weapon over the ‘dark web’ from his home in Liverpool.
But the software programmer didn’t realise that his supplier was an FBI agent who tipped off police in the UK and sent him harmless powder.
Under the username Weirdos 0000, Ali struck a deal with a supplier on the internet black market to buy 500mg of powder for £320 – enough to kill 1,400 people.
The dad-of-two took delivery of the powder stashed inside five vials hidden inside a battery compartment Police then swooped on his home and arrested him under anti-terror laws.
Ultraviolet light revealed Ali had handled the package which had been laced with a marker substance.
Ali held his head in his hands as he was found guilty of attempting to have a chemical weapon in his possession at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.
He will be sentenced in September and faces a lengthy spell behind bars.
The court heard Ali approached the undercover agent in January with a private message: “Hi, would you be able to make me some ricin and send it to the UK?”
In a series of encrypted chats they discussed the price of a lethal dose, discounts for bulk orders and repeat purchases, and ricin’s “shelf life”, jurors were told.
In his defence, Ali told jurors that he was just “curious” and wanted to test the boundaries of the Dark Web unaware that ricin was illegal.
He told the jury: “I was interested in the Dark Net and ricin. I just wanted to know what the fuss was about.[“]
But prosecutor Sally Howes QC said Ali was a “chancer” who lied to police about having ricin when he was arrested in the hope that he would “get away with it”.
And everything about his conduct pointed to a man who carefully and meticulously researched and carried out a plan to buy ricin.
Ms Howes told the jury that ricin was the “perfect poison” because it killed without leaving a trace in the body. Ali had ordered enough to kill up to 1,400 people, although his potential targets were not known.
Justice Saunders said: “There is no evidence that he was planning any sort of terrorist attack.
“There is also no evidence that he had in mind any specific victims for ricin. I do not accept he was going to dispose of it.
“I’m satisfied it would have remained in his possession in some way and that is the basis on which I propose to sentence.”…
Complacent fool.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sex attacker ‘trawled’ around Northampton looking for vulnerable women

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A sex attacker who has been given an 11-year jail sentence after he admitted violently assaulting two women “trawled” around Northampton looking for his victims, a court heard

Mohammed Haque, aged 21, of Lindsay Avenue, Abington, Northampton, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court yesterday after he admitted carrying out two violent sexual assaults, including one in November and one in January this year
The court heard that Haque targeted his second victim, a woman in her 80s, after driving round the town looking for vulnerable women.
Haque attacked his first victim in the early hours of the morning after he saw her walking near the Racecourse in Northampton.
Victim impact statements from both women, which were read to the court, stated both had suffered a loss of confidence and trust when walking in public.
The first victim said she no longer felt safe walking in Northampton and feels particularly scared if she sees anyone wearing a hoodie or a baseball cap.
The second victim said she still felt “very angry” about what had happened and was struggling to come to terms with the fact she had been attacked in her own home, a place she felt safe.
A team of more than 20 detectives worked to catch Haque after the second attack due to fears that he would target other women in Northampton.
Haque was arrested after it was identified that he had driven a maroon Ford Fiesta and officers spoke to a number of people in the town who drive a car of this type and colour.
In his first police interview, Haque gave false alibis to officers about where he was on the day of the attacks.
However, he pleaded guilty to five charges including, sexual assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence, sexual assault and robbery at a crown court hearing last month.
Judge Michael Fowler, who sentenced Haque to 11 years in jail plus an extended licence period of four years, said he had “no hesitation” in concluding Haque posed a significant risk to the public.
He said: “You chose to attack the woman after trawling for a victim and spotting someone who you thought was vulnerable.
“The victim of the attack was vulnerable and was deliberately chosen by you.”
Judge Fowler said there was no obvious reason why Haque had started committing the offences he described as “truly evil”.
Describing the attack on the woman in the Racecourse, Judge Fowler said: “The attack was every woman’s nightmare. You smothered and dragged away your victim and subjected her to the most frightening and demeaning sexual attack in which you used violence.
“I have no hesitation in concluding that you represent a significant risk of causing serious harm to a member of the public by commission of a specified offence.”
Detective Inspector Lee McBride said Haque identified vulnerable women and committed “heinous offences against them.”
He said: “The successful prosecution today is thanks to the victims, their families and the hard work of the investigative team for their persistence in identifying him.”
Haque will serve at least two thirds of his 11 years in jail before he is considered for parole.
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Abusive Wolverhampton husband who gunned down mother-in-law after wife left him

An abusive husband has been convicted of gunning down his mother-in-law on her doorstep in a revenge killing after his wife left him.
Tariq Rana court caseTariq Rana, from Wolverhampton
Tariq Rana, 31, shot Ghulam Asia at her house in Pakistan in retaliation after 28-year-old Ayesha Riaz split up with him.
He travelled from his home in Leicester Street, Whitmore Reans, to track down and murder her relatives.
Rana went to Mrs Asia's home in Lahore with an unnamed accomplice, dressed as a delivery man.
The pair rang the doorbell and when Mrs Asia, 49, went to the gate to sign for the delivery, Rana blasted her.
She died hours later from internal injuries caused by two gunshot wounds.
He then made a series of telephone calls to Ms Riaz's brothers threatening to "kill them all" unless she came back to him, according to police.
Rana will be sentenced on Friday, July 31 at the Old Bailey after he was convicted of murder at Woolwich Crown Court.
He claimed during the trial that he had nothing to do with the shooting and was at Mrs Asia's home with a "bodyguard" to try and reconcile with his wife.
An argument ensued, during which two gunshots were fired by either the bodyguard or a member of Mrs Asia's own family, he told the jury.
Rana was prosecuted in the UK under the Offences against the Person Act 1861 for the attack on 27 July 2013.
The Act gives authority for a UK national to stand trial for a murder committed overseas.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, described Rana as a "violent and controlling man" who murdered his mother-in-law "in the most callous and brutal way".
"This was not a spontaneous event, but rather a revenge-driven premeditated attack aimed at causing the maximum distress and suffering to his estranged wife and her family," he said.
"It is also important to recognise the considerable assistance we received from the Pakistani authorities, without which justice for Mrs Asia's family would not have been possible.
"My deepest sympathies go out to Mrs Asia's family who have shown great dignity and courage throughout."
Rana's sister Nargus Ahmed, 33, and brother-in-law Muhammed Adeel, 35, were both acquitted of assisting an offender following the four-week trial.

Woman, 30, arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of travelling to Syria with three children

  • Woman from Leicester arrested by West Midlands Police at 9.40am
  • Her home is being searched, as well as another associated address
  • Officers are working to ensure the children's welfare is safeguarded
A 30-year-old woman from Britain travelling with three children was arrested today on suspicion of preparing to go to Syria to commit terrorism.

The woman from Leicester was arrested at Birmingham Airport by West Midlands Police at 9.40am today - and her home is currently being searched, as well as another associated address.

She was arrested under section five of the Terrorism Act - and officers said they have been working with partner agencies to ensure the children’s welfare is safeguarded.

The arrest today was made by officers under Pace (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) legislation.

A force spokesman said that this means police have a maximum of 36 hours to question the suspect before charging, releasing, bailing or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.

The arrest is the latest in a string of interventions by the authorities as part of efforts to prevent Britons travelling to Syria.

Police and security services believe at least 700 extremists have travelled to the war-torn country - with around half thought to have returned to the UK.

Several cases have emerged in which women and children are feared to have gone to parts of Syria controlled by the so-called Islamic State.

Earlier this month it was reported that several members of the same family from Luton, 
including three children, were feared to have travelled to Syria after a holiday in Bangladesh.

Scotland Yard confirmed two weeks ago that it believed more than 40 women and girls had travelled to Syria from Britain in the last year.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prominent Muslim community leader charged with rape

Farooq Siddique, a former government adviser and prominent Muslim community leader has appeared in court charged with a number of rapes and assaults against the same woman.

Farooq Siddique
A former government adviser and prominent Muslim community leader has been charged with a number of rapes and assaults
Farooq Siddique, who has previously advised the government on tackling extremism, has been charged with three counts of rape, two of assault causing actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill.
The 46-year-old was regional manager of a nationwide programme to tackle radicalisation and extremism and was also a Muslim university chaplain and a Sunday school teacher.
Mr Siddique took part in a number of documentaries and was spokesman for the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society who regularly commented on Islamic issues.
Mr Siddique, who is a management consultant from Easton, Bristol, is due to appear before the city's magistrates later this month.
No details of the allegations have been made public.
We can confirm that Farooq Siddique has been charged with three counts of rape, one count of threats to kill and two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.
He is currently on bail and is due before Bristol Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, July 28.
– AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE
Mr Siddique's solicitor says he strongly denies all the allegations.

fanatic who 'inspired 7/7': Convicted terrorist returns to the UK to celebrate Eid festival just days after his release from US prison

  • Babar Ahmad jailed for 12 years last July after being extradited to the US
  • He had pleaded guilty to providing material to support terrorism online
  • Freed in June after authorities took into account 8 years in custody in UK
  • Last week, he slipped back into Britain to celebrate Eid festival with his parents, staying in their London maisonette
The 41-year-old was jailed for 12 and a half years last July after he was extradited to America. 

Once in the US, he pleaded guilty to providing material to support terrorism online despite having previously protested his innocence.  

Babar Ahmad (pictured) slipped back into Britain last week to celebrate the Eid festival with his parents, staying in their south-west London maisonette
Babar Ahmad (pictured) slipped back into Britain last week to celebrate the Eid festival with his parents, staying in their south-west London maisonette

His website has been blamed for inspiring a generation of terrorists – including the gang behind the July 7 bombings in London in 2005. 

He was freed last month after the authorities took into account his eight years in custody in the UK fighting extradition and his time in solitary confinement in America awaiting trial.

Last week the London-born former computer engineer and Islamist extremist slipped back into Britain to celebrate the Eid festival with his parents, staying in their south-west London maisonette.

Benefits Agency sources say Ahmad – who was awarded £60,000 compensation in 2009 for having been physically abused by Metropolitan Police officers following his 2003 arrest – will almost certainly be entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance of £73.10 a week. 

The Met’s counter terrorism division may decide to monitor him in the coming months.

The 41-year-old was jailed for 12 and a half years last July after he was extradited to America
The 41-year-old was jailed for 12 and a half years last July after he was extradited to America
Ahmad became a cause celebre for civil liberty groups as he fought extradition from the UK while denying any involvement in terrorism. 

He was finally extradited to the US in October 2012 and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him when he appeared in court in Connecticut.

But he changed his plea to some of the offences in December 2013 when he admitted providing material support to terrorists. 

Ahmad admitted running Azzam Productions – a website that raised money, recruited fighters and found equipment such as bulletproof vests and night vision goggles for the Taliban, 
Chechen mujahideen and other terrorist organisations.

He stated that ‘he solicited and conspired to provide funds [and] personnel for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan’ and that he and others ‘recruited men to travel to Afghanistan for mujahideen training and sought out gas masks to send abroad’.

John Carlin, the US assistant attorney general for national security, described Ahmad as ‘an early example of individuals using the internet not only to radicalise others and spread violent propaganda but also to fund the actions of terrorist groups’.

In 2012, it emerged that Sajid Badat, a British man who renounced extremism after plotting to blow up a plane, told investigators he had been radicalised by Ahmad.

 And Mohammad Sidique Khan, the July 7 ringleader, had copies of some of Azzam’s texts on martyrdom.

The Home Office said: ‘As a UK citizen he is entitled to return to the UK.’

Ahmad said: ‘For now, I intend to reconnect privately with my incredible family, to whom I owe so much.’


Horrific CCTV video shows gang of Muslim men launching vicious, unprovoked attack on a 29-year-old man for no apparent

Sickening footage has been released showing a 29-year-old man being brutally beaten by a gang of Asian Muslim men on Tower Bridge in what police have described as a ‘cowardly attack’. (UK pussy media insist on slandering all Asians by referring to Muslim savages as “Asians”)

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UK Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) The lone victim was on his way back from a friend’s wedding when he was approached by a group of ten to 12 men walking from the opposite direction on the bridge in central London. One member of the group can then be seen punching the victim in the back of the head as the unprovoked assault begins. As he falls to the ground, the other men join in and repeatedly kick him in the head.

City of London Police are appealing for information and say the sustained attack, which lasted around a minute and was caught on CCTV, left the victim with cuts and bruises. The suspects are described by police as being in their mid or late teens to early 20s and from an Asian Muslim background. They spoke with East London accents and were dressed in hooded tops, jackets and tracksuit bottoms. 



“Preach hate against UK and it’s fine – attack halal meat and end up in court”

halal-stickersAs Britain rushes to suicide, the black comedy continues: “He maintained he wasn’t motivated by any racial prejudice he just wanted to highlight the cruelty involved.” What race is halal meat? What race is Islam? Does the fact that most Muslim in Britain today are non-white mean that halal meat is not barbaric anddoesn’t fund terrorism?
In halal slaughter, the animal slowly bleeds to death, which can release harmful toxins into the meat. That’s not barbaric? Halal supervision is often carried out by groups such as, in the U.S., the Islamic Society of North America, which has established ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
But none of that is at issue here; all that matters is that Liam Gary Edwards did something “racist.” Meanwhile, jihad preachers in the U.K. do preach hatred and violence, and authorities do nothing, for to act against them would be “Islamophobic.”
“Protestor: ‘Preach hate against UK and it’s fine – attack halal meat and end up in court,'” by Nick Gutteridge, Express, July 24, 2015:
Liam Gary Edwards covered packs of the ritually slaughtered meat with red stickers bearing the slogan ‘Beware! Halal is barbaric and funds terrorism #BanHalal”.
The 29-year-old was arrested by police after being spotted carrying out his one-man protest on the store’s CCTV cameras.
He has since branded Britain’s legal system a “joke” and suggested his sentence was disproportionately harsh compared to Islamist hate preachers, who often go unpunished.
A court heard how he went into a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Salford, Manchester, armed with a sheet of the stickers which he had bought on the internet.
Accompanied by his girlfriend and two young children, he then went up to the meat chiller and stuck nine stickers on packets of meat before leaving.
Later staff at the store became aware of the stickers on various packets of chicken breasts, thighs and a whole chicken worth £16.50 which could no longer be sold due to concerns for contamination.
Upon searching the hashtag term on Twitter, staff found images of the stickers on trollies and point of sale displays.
The van driver, who told magistrates he is an “animal lover”, said he was driven to carry out the protest after watching a documentary about halal slaughter on TV.
He was handed a four-week curfew after admitting religiously aggravated criminal damage.
Speaking in court, he revealed: “I’m a big animal lover, be it for racial or other purposes I believe it is wrong to treat animals in that way.”
The Manchester United fan later tweeted: “Joke of a legal system. Stand there saying death to Britain tho and it’s all good, p*ss take.”
Prosecutor Lisa Connor told magistrates in Manchester that Edwards had apologised to the officers who arrested him.
She said: “He accepted he had been in possession of the stickers and placed them on various items.
“He got involved in a Twitter conversation about halal and maintains that his whole motivation was his concern for the way in which halal meat is obtained and what happens in abattoirs.
“He maintained he wasn’t motivated by any racial prejudice he just wanted to highlight the cruelty involved. He admitted he was sorry for his actions.”…