Tuesday, February 21, 2017

British suicide bomber who blew himself up in Mosul battle was given £1million compensation for time in Guantanamo but then fled to join ISIS

  • ISIS named the suicide car bomber as British fanatic Jamal Udeen al-Harith, 50
  • Born Ronald Fiddler, the Muslim convert was detained at Guantanamo in 2002
  • He was freed after two years following lobbying from Tony Blair's Government
  • Al-Harith was later handed £1million out of taxpayers' pocket in compensation
  • But within a decade of leaving jail he would flee to Syria to fight alongside ISIS 

A British ISIS suicide bomber has been revealed as a former Guantanamo prisoner who was handed £1million in taxpayers' money as compensation before fleeing to Syria.
UK national Jamal Udeen al-Harith was photographed moments before blowing himself up in an attack on a military facility near Mosul in Iraq.
Shortly after detonating the explosive-laden car near an army base, ISIS released a statement revealing al-Harith had been fighting for them under the name Abu Zakariya al-Britani.
The Muslim convert - who changed his name from Ronald Fiddler in 1994 - was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002 after he was caught by American forces in Afghanistan. 
 UK national Jamal Udeen al-Harith was photographed moments before blowing himself up in an attack on a military facility near Mosul in Iraq (pictured)
 UK national Jamal Udeen al-Harith was photographed moments before blowing himself up in an attack on a military facility near Mosul in Iraq (pictured)
The Muslim convert changed his name from Ronald Fiddler to Jamal Udeen al-Harith in 1994, before fighting for ISIS under the new name Abu Zakariya al-Britani
The Muslim convert changed his name from Ronald Fiddler to Jamal Udeen al-Harith in 1994, before fighting for ISIS under the new name Abu Zakariya al-Britani
Al-Harith's British wife Shukee Begum, along with their five children, joined him in Syria in 2015 before fleeing from the Isis-controlled territory
Al-Harith's British wife Shukee Begum, along with their five children, joined him in Syria in 2015 before fleeing from the Isis-controlled territory
He denied being a terrorist and claimed to have been taken prisoner by the Taliban after visiting the Middle East as part of a 'religious holiday'. 
After intense campaigning by Tony Blair’s government led by then-Home Secretary David Blunkett, the British citizen was freed two years later.
He launched a compensation claim on the grounds British agents knew or were complicit in his mistreatment and was handed £1million to stay silent.
At the time of his release from Guantanamo, David Blunkett said: 'No one who is returned… will actually be a threat to the security of the British people.'
But it emerged that, despite security services being fully aware of his previous detention, al-Harith, who worked as a web designer for a time, was able to escape the UK in 2014 to fight with ISIS in Syria.

His journey was revealed following an escape from ISIS-controlled Syria in 2015 by British mother Shukee Begum and her five children.

Miss Begum was married to al-Harith before he left the family home in Birmingham to fight in Syria, and had flown to the war-torn country to try to persuade the fanatic to return to the UK.

However, her attempts failed, and she endured a ten-month ordeal being passed between hostages and rebel groups as she tried to escape.

Al-Harith, who worked as a web designer for a time, was able to escape the UK in 2014 to fight with ISIS in Syria
Al-Harith, who worked as a web designer for a time, was able to escape the UK in 2014 to fight with ISIS in Syria
Al-Harith gives testimony before a Council of Europe panel in 2004 (shown right), as part of an inquiry into human rights abuses at Gauntanamo Bay

In 2015, she told Channel 4: 'I’d love to go back to the UK. The UK is my home. I grew up there. My friends are there. My family are there. That’s where I consider to be home.

'But I’m just not sure at the moment, with the track record of the current government, if the UK is somewhere I can achieve justice. I hope I’m wrong.'

At the time, she said she was biding her time before returning to Britain because she fears she could face terrorism charges.

Ms Begum, a law graduate from Greater Manchester, insists she did not support the extremists, and says she wanted to persuade al-Harith to return to the family home.

She told Channel 4 News: 'I was thinking about the children's futures. Was he part of it? Will he come back? All these things go through your mind.'

She added: 'I was seeing on the news at this point that Isis was going from bad to worse… So I decided that I was going to try and speak some sense into him.

'At the same time I wanted to see him. I wanted the children to see their father. I wanted the baby to meet his father as well.'

After arriving in Syria, Ms Begum ended up living in a crowded safe-house in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, along with dozens of other foreign women looking for their husbands. 

Eventually, Ms Begum and her children were reunited with al-Harith, and the family moved to a house near al-Bab in northern Syria.

But her planned to bring him home failed as she could not convince him to leave.
Ms Begum said she only planned to keep the children in Syria for a month, but after a bag containing her phones, travel money and passports was stolen, she found herself trapped.


1966: Ronald Fiddler is born in Manchester to parents originating from Jamaica
1994: He converts to Islam, changing his name to Jamal Udeen al-Harith
October 2001: Al-Harith travels to Quetta in Pakistan, on a 'religious holiday'. A few day later the US invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan began
Early 2002: He is arrested by American forces in Afghanistan after they discover him in a Taliban jail and later transferred to Guantanamo Bay prison
2004: After lobbying from Tony Blair's Labour government, al-Harith is released along with four other British citizens. He returns to the UK where he is released without charge, and joins three other prisoners in suing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
2009: His case against Rumsfield and the US government is finally dismissed on the grounds of 'limited immunity' for government officials
2014: Despite security services being fully aware of his previous detention, he is able to escape the UK to fight with ISIS in Syria
2015: His British wife Shukee Begum, along with their five children, join him in Syria before fleeing from the Isis-controlled territory
February 2017: Al-Harith is killed in a suicide attack near Mosul, Iraq
She asked her husband to help her get out, to no avail. And she appealed to an Islamic court to give her permission to leave, but was told: 

'Women and children belong in ISIS territory.'
She reached safety when she was rescued by Al Qaeda-linked group Al Nusra. 

Her last known location was in Syria, on the Turkish border.  

Al-Harith's back story has resurfaced after pictures online shows him grinning next to what appears to be wires connected to a red-buttoned detonator.

ISIS claim his attack, during a raging battle for control of the city, caused multiple casualties but this has not been confirmed. They gave his name as Abu Zakariya al-Britani.

After his release from Gauntanamo, al-Harith spoke of the treatment he received at the hands of the guards.

Speaking in 2004, he told the Mirror: 'The whole point... was to get to you psychologically.

'The beatings were not nearly as bad as the psychological torture - bruises heal after a week but the other stuff stays with you.

'After a while, we stopped asking for human rights - we wanted animal rights.' 

He said said he was interviewed upwards of 40 times by American officials - sometimes to 12 hours at a time - and nine times by British agents.

Born Ronald Fiddler, he turned to Islam in the 1990s and changed his name to Jamal Udeen al-Harith.

He visited Australia for several months in 2000 after striking up a relationship online with Samantha Cook, the daughter of senator Peter Cook.

He stayed with Samantha in Perth up until mid-2000, before returning to Manchester. 
In October 2001, he travelled to Quetta in Pakistan, on what he claimed was a religious holiday. A few days later the US invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan began. 

He claimed the Taliban locked him up and accused him of being a British spy.

 A few months later he was found in a Taliban jail by US special forces and transferred to Guantanamo Bay. 

Former detainees of Guantanamo Bay (from left to right); Martin Mubanga, Moazzam Begg and al-Harith
Former detainees of Guantanamo Bay (from left to right); Martin Mubanga, Moazzam Begg and al-Harith
Moazzam Begg
Muslim convert al-Harith (left) was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. He has been pictured in the past with fellow Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg (right)

US authorities considered that he was ‘probably involved in a former terrorist attack against the US’.

He was assessed as being an Al Qaeda fighter and considered a ‘high threat to the US’.
When al-Harith was released in 2004, he was repatriated to England and released without charge.

ISIS said al-Harith as one of two militants involved in the attack on a Shiite army outpost.
The attack came as Iraqi forces advanced on ISIS positions in the west of the city.  

Footage said to have been captured on Monday shows a reinforced vehicle setting off along a dusty road. The video then cuts to a plume of smoke in the distance.

An ISIS statement claimed British suicide bomber Zakariya al-Britani had carried out a deadly attack in Mosul

A statement released by the terror group today said: 'The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Zakariya al-Britani - may Allah accept him - detonated his explosives-laden vehicle on a headquarters of the Rafidhi army and its militias in Tal Kisum village, southwest of Mosul.' 

The video also shows a fighter named as Abu Hajir al-Iraqi, speaking to the camera before speeding off down the road to blow himself up as well.

'Rafidha' is a derogatory term used to refer to Shiite Muslims, who Islamic State fanatics consider to be heretics.

Forces from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation), a paramilitary umbrella dominated by Shiite militias backed by Tehran, are active in the area mentioned in the statement. 

They are fighting alongside other Iraqi forces - including the army and the federal police - as part of a push that started on Sunday to retake the west bank of Mosul.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi forces launched a massive offensive on October 17 to retake the city, which is Iraq's second largest and the only remaining major stronghold of the jihadists in the country.

They retook control of the eastern side of Mosul last month.

ISIS fighters of a variety of nationalities, including Britons, have carried out suicide attacks on many occasions in Iraq and Syria in the past three years.

The ISIS statement said that the British fighter's attack, and that of another suicide bomber of Iraqi nationality, caused many casualties. This claim has yet to be independently verified.


Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John)
Emwazi had been reported killed in a November 2015 air strike, with US forces saying they were "reasonably certain" he was dead.
IS later released what appeared to be an obituary to the fighter, who it called Abu Muharib al-Muhajir.
It featured a smiling picture of the militant, who appeared unmasked looking towards the ground.
Emwazi shocked the world when he appeared in a video in August 2014 in which he condemned the West and appeared to behead US journalist James Foley.
He emerged again in a number of other videos released by IS, including those in which American reporter Steven Sotloff and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were murdered.
Kuwait-born Emwazi attended Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in north London and was described by his former head teacher as a "hard-working aspirational young man".
He went on to gain a degree in information systems with business management from the University of Westminster.
Reyaad Khan
Khan was 20 when he appeared in an Isis propaganda video titled, There Is No Life Without Jihad, in June last year together with two other Britons urging Westerners to join the war.
The youngster, from Cardiff, is thought to have travelled to fight in Syria late in 2013.
His Facebook page revealed that he was a Chelsea FC fan who enjoyed playing computer games FIFA 12 and Call Of Duty.
After appearing in the video with a Kalashnikov assault rifle against his shoulder his mother said she believed he had been "brainwashed" into joining IS.
In a direct appeal to her son, the woman, who asked to remain unnamed, sobbed as she said: "Reyaad, please come back home. I'm dying for you. You're my only son."
Before leaving for Syria, Khan attended Cardiff's Al-Manar Centre (ACT) together with Nasser Muthana, who was also filmed for the IS recruitment video.
The mosque denied the pair had been taught extremist views there and blamed the internet as an "alarming source for radicalisation".
Mr Cameron said Khan had been killed on August 21 2015 when he was targeted by an RAF remotely piloted aircraft while travelling in a vehicle in Raqqah, Syria.
Ruhul Amin
Amin, 26, featured alongside Khan and Muthana in the 13-minute IS recruitment video under the name Brother Abu Bara al Hindi.
Wearing sunglasses and a white headscarf, he could be heard saying: "Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you've got, the big car, the family you have?
"Are you willing to sacrifice this, for the sake of Allah? If you do Allah will give you back 700 times more."
Also known as Abdul Raqib Amin, he was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Aberdeen before reportedly moving with his family to Leicester.
In July 2014 he boasted on ITV's Good Morning Britain that he had been "involved in a few combats" in Syria.
Explaining the moment he left Britain, he said: "I left the house with the intention of not to go back. I'm going to stay and fight until the (caliphate) is established, or I die."
A leading member of Aberdeen's Muslim community, who did not want to be identified, said he was not someone who "stood out in any particular way".
He was killed in the same airstrike as Khan.
Junaid Hussain
Computer hacker Hussain was described as a key IS operative before he was killed by a US drone strike on August 24.
The 21-year-old, from Birmingham, was said to have been number three on the Pentagon's "kill list" of IS targets.
It is believed that he fled Britain to travel to Syria in 2013, and in June last year he was linked to a plot to attack an Armed Forces Day parade in south London.
The plan to explode a pressure cooker bomb - killing soldiers and bystanders on the route - was reportedly foiled after Hussain unwittingly recruited an undercover investigator from The Sun to carry it out.
In June 2012, aged 18, Hussain was jailed for six months after he admitted making prank calls to a counter-terror hotline and publishing former prime minister Tony Blair's address book.
He was a member of TeaMpOisoN (TeamPoison), a group which claimed responsibility for more than 1,400 offences where personal and private information has been illegally extracted from victims in the UK and around the world.
Hussain was reportedly married to a Muslim convert named as Sally Jones, a mother-of-two from Kent who once was a member of an all-girl punk rock group.

attacker who SPAT into a nine-month-old BABY'S face and shouted 'white people shouldn't breed' at her mother walks free

  • Rezzas Abdulla has previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white women
  • He approached mother pushing her baby in a pram and spat at her daughter
  • Despite previous crimes, attacker avoids jail term on a suspended sentence 
  • Mother says punishment may have been different if she had abused him 
Rezzas Abdulla has avoided a jail term despite spitting in a baby's face and shouting 'white people shouldn't breed'
Rezzas Abdulla has avoided a jail term despite spitting in a baby's face and shouting 'white people shouldn't breed'
An attacker spat into a nine-month-old baby's face and shouted 'white people shouldn't breed' in a sickening race-hate assault.
Rezzas Abdulla left little Layla-Jean, who was just nine months old and in her pushchair, covered in saliva after the shocking street attack in South Shields last January.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the baby's mother, hairdresser Rebecca Telford, 25, was out walking with the baby when the 33-year-old attacker approached without warning.
Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: 'He lent into the pushchair and spat into the face of her daughter.
'As he did so, he shouted or said "white people shouldn't breed".'
The court heard that when the baby's stunned mother confronted Abdulla, he told her to 'shut the f*** up' and walked off.
Miss Dowling told the court the spit was 'sprayed around' the baby's face and a shocked passer by gave her a tissue to clean up.
Ms Telford tried to take a photograph of her baby's attacker as he walked away but was too shaken by what had happened.
Abdulla, who has two previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white women, was later tracked down through CCTV.
Rebecca Telford was walking through South Shields with her daughter Layla-Jean when Abdulla walked up to them and spat at the baby
Rebecca Telford was walking through South Shields with her daughter Layla-Jean when Abdulla walked up to them and spat at the baby
He was convicted of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court, which he did not attend.
In a victim impact statement Rebecca told the police: 'I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a defenceless baby in a completely unprovoked attack.
'If he had just walked by I would not have even noticed him, there was no eye contact and no words had been exchanged. I had never seen him before.'
The court heard Layla-Jeam, now almost two, was taken to the doctor after the attack for tests.

Ms Telford added: 'I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target.'

Mr Recorder Darren Preston told Abdulla: 'There is something viscerally horrible and disgusting about spitting at someone, particularly in the face and to do so to a baby was particularly disgusting, let alone to make things even worse when your motivation for doing so is racial hatred.'

The judge referred to Abdulla's previous convictions and told him: 'You have got a problem, it seems to me, with white women.'

The court heard after the attack last January, Abdulla spent time receiving psychiatric treatment in hospital, which has continued after his release into the community.

The judge said Abdulla's deteriorating mental health at the time of the attack 'contributed' towards the offence.
Abdulla was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.

The judge said 'society in general' would be better served by Abdulla being allowed to continue his psychiatric treatment programme.

Abdulla did not attend his trial and was given a suspended sentence by a judge this week
Abdulla did not attend his trial and was given a suspended sentence by a judge this week
Vic Laffey, defending, said Abdulla now receives anti-psychotic treatment in the community.

Speaking after the court case today, Ms Telford said: 'South Shields is really multicultural, and I have never witnessed anything like this before, between any races.

'It was horrifying. I am glad he has been brought to justice, but I think he has got off lightly.
'I am not racist at all but I honestly think if it was the other way round and I had been abusive towards him, then I would have been treated differently.

'Layla Jean was just nine months old. She did not have a clue what was going on, but she was still distressed.'

She added: 'I phoned the doctor and I was told that Layla-Jean might need to have a BCG injection, in case she had contracted TB.

'Normally kids don't get vaccinated until they are much older, and it would have been a lot for her to go through.

'Luckily, it wasn't necessary in the end, but it put me through a lot of worry and stress.'

'I wasn't sure if the police would take what had happened seriously, because it wasn't physically violent, but they were fantastic, and managed to catch him within a few days.'

Monday, February 20, 2017

Dressing immodestly: offensive to Allah. Threatening to murder those who dress immodestly: pleasing to Allah.
The UK has a very long way to go before it regains control of its state schools, and doesn’t appear to be doing much of anything to halt their Islamization, despite a great deal of fanfare about prosecuting the ringleaders of the “Trojan Horse” plot.
“Female headteacher is forced to work from home following death threats from Muslim parents over her ‘offensive clothes’ amid fears there is a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to ‘Islamicise’ the school,” by Charlie Moore, Mailonline, February 19, 2017:
A primary school headteacher has been forced to work from home by death threats from Muslim parents who hate her western values.
Trish O’Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, has endured ‘harassment and intimidation’ in the form of ‘aggressive verbal abuse’ and ‘threats to blow up her car’ from parents pushing conservative Muslim ideals.
It is feared they are making a ‘Trojan Horse’ attempt to Islamicise the school.
Parents have complained the way she dresses is ‘unsuitable’ and that pictures of her daughters in her office are ‘offensive’.
The school is mostly filled with Pakistani pupils who do not speak English as a first language. A section of its website titled British values only reads: ‘coming soon’.
Since becoming head in 2006, Mrs O’Donnell has taken the school Ofsted rating from needing improvement to good.
But now she feels her position is untenable due to the pressure from Muslim parents trying to change the school from within.
According to an Oldham council report, seen by The Sunday Times, she wrote that she had a ‘very strong reasons to believe that . . . a “Trojan Horse” agenda [is] being played out’.
And the head teachers’ union, the NAHT, said it was ‘supporting a number of members in the Oldham area with a variety of apparent Trojan Horse issues’.
The council report says the school’s 2013 parent-governor Nasim Ashraf hosted ‘Islamic teaching sessions’ at the school while his wife, Hafizan Zaman, ‘made remarks to Asian staff members that they should be wearing a veil and covering their heads’.
They took exception to Hindi music being played in class, were angered by sex education and were accused of intimidating staff and undermining the headteacher.
The report said they tried to mobilise parents to ‘secure changes at the school to reflect their interpretation of Islam’ but did not suggest they were involved in the violent threats.
Ashraf’s sister Shasta Khan is serving eight years in jail for plotting to attack Jews in Manchester.
She’s friends on Facebook with Tahir Alam, the architect of a similar ‘Trojan Horse’ plot on several schools in Birmingham in 2014.
In the plot activists launched a campaign to oust headteachers using dirty tricks such as spreading false allegations and packing governing bodies with their supporters.
Tahir Alam and Razwan Faraz were part of the ‘Park View Brotherhood’ of teachers, which exchanged some 3,000 messages in a WhatsApp group, including offensive comments about British soldiers, the Boston Marathon bombings and the murder of soldier Lee Rigby….

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Muslim father-of-two who renounced Islam 'forced from home with wife and young children'

A BRITISH Muslim who renounced his religion claims he has been driven from his home by a campaign of harassment.

Faisal Bashir/Ilford Mosque
Faisal Bashir/Ilford Mosque
Faisal Bashir stopped practicing Islam in the summer of 2014 saying he found it “too hateful” and that it was “sending out the wrong message”.
But he said he started getting harassed when he stopped going to the mosque in Ilford, east London.
The father-of-two said: “I heard religious people say things I couldn’t put up with any longer – it was all too hateful.
“These people knew I had become an atheist and soon enough my whole family was being harassed.
“At least once a week they would hang around near my house, shouting and swearing at me.
I was called an apostate, a non-believer, I was told I had betrayed my God and my faith.
“Sometimes they would even say things to my children – they are far too little to know what was happening, they were very frightened.
“Eventually a police officer told me I should just move house to get away from it all.”
The 43-year-old mechanic moved house with his wife, 11-year-old daughter, and eight-year-old son in June 2015.
He said: “We weren’t left with any other choice.
“It was very distressing for all of us, not to mention the inconvenience.
“I used to be able to walk my children to school, now I have to drive them every day.
“The new house is over a mile away, but they still managed to find us again.”
Mr Bashir said the police and local authorities to work together to tackle hate crime, with more time, money and energy dedicated to the cause.
Chairman of the Ilford-based British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) Wilson Chowdhry is supporting Mr Bashir’s calls for action.
He said: “Sadly Faisal’s description of persecution is similar to that faced by many Muslims choosing to leave the faith who end up shunned by their community.”
But chairman of the Federation of Redbridge Muslim Organisations (FORMO) Farouk Ismail said: “There is no compulsion in Islam.
“It’s up to the individual if they want to be a Muslim or not and each individual’s faith is a matter between them and God, no one else.
“I don’t think this is about religion, I think it’s the individuals involved being a bit silly.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Child rapist, 50, who fled the UK before his trial

  • A child rapist who fled the UK  before his trial has been jailed after being located
  • Muhamed Avais originally flew to Pakistan a day before he was due in court 
  • He then went onto Abu Dhabi in January 2016 where he remained for over a year
  • He made his whereabouts known by posting photos of himself in the city on social media 
Muhamed Avais's mugshot. He had been living in Abu Dhabi since January 2016
Muhamed Avais's mugshot. He had been living in Abu Dhabi since January 2016
A child rapist who fled the UK before his trial was caught by police who tracked him down to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates after he posted pictures of himself in the city on social media.
Muhamed Avais, 50, fled the UK a day before he was due to stand trial in August 2015 for a string of vile sex attacks against a schoolgirl.
He was convicted of 19 offences of rape and sexual assault in his absence.
Avais fled to Pakistan on the eve of his trial at Stoke-on-Trent before spending 18 months on the run.
He was finally arrested after Staffordshire Police tracked him down to an address in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.
Detectives found him the Middle Eastern nation's capital after he posted pictures of himself on social media-giving away his location.
He was flown back to the UK and on Friday he was jailed for a total of 20 years.
Judge David Fletcher said: 'These were horrific allegations against a very young girl.'

Avais, formerly of Etruria, Staffordshire, was also ordered to remain on the sex offenders' register for life.

A handcuffed Muhamed Avais after his arrest on Thursday. He was convicted of 19 offences of rape while in hiding in Abu Dhabi 
A handcuffed Muhamed Avais after his arrest on Thursday. He was convicted of 19 offences of rape while in hiding in Abu Dhabi 

Avais had been charged with 13 offences of raping a child under 13, three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and three charges of a serious sexual offence against a child.

The sex offences were committed between March 2004 and March 2012.
But he skipped bail just one day before his trial.

Staffordshire Police's fugitive unit traced Avais to the United Arab Emirates where border checks confirmed he had been since January 2016.

Photographs were then found on Avais social media taken of him in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Tim Faux said: 'I welcome the long sentence given.
'It sends out a very strong message that this type of horrific offending will not be tolerated and should serve as a stark warning to all criminals who attempt to avoid jail. You will be caught eventually.

'Avais may have evaded going to prison initially but our determination to locate him and bring him back was steadfast.

'He was not going to escape punishment.

'I am full of praise for the victim, who has shown incredible bravery to report this is very difficult circumstances and has remained courageous throughout the entire process.

'Without the victim's bravery and commitment Muhamed Avais would not be behind bars and would be free to continue to abuse children.'  

Convert to Islam carried axe to meeting with Christian father

“Muslim convert carried axe to meeting with father over ‘religious differences,'” by Karon Kelly, Sunderland Echo, February 15, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A Muslim convert was found carrying an axe through the streets to confront his Christian father over “religious differences”, a court heard.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Clayton McKenna was taking the weapon – which he got from his mother’s shed – through Boldon Colliery in the early hours of the morning, to his father’s home in South Tyneside on July 18.
The 22-year-old gave a series of “confused and contradictory” explanations when he was stopped by the police, including saying he was on his way to his father’s “to ask him to bow down to me” – a statement he now rejects.
McKenna made initial claims that he had intended to use violence against his dad because of their different religious beliefs but also said he did not want to hurt or injure anyone and had the weapon for his own protection.
McKenna, of Kingsland Square, Downhill, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to his mother’s shed, having a bladed article and having a small amount of cannabis.
He has been in custody in remand since his arrest.
Judge Penny Moreland told McKenna: “It appears you were sober, you had not been drinking or taking drugs. There has been an examination by the mental health team and they are satisfied there are no mental health issues I ought to be taking into account.
“You made a series of statements, both at the scene and in interview shortly afterwards, as to what you intended to do and what was in your mind. It is right to say they were confused and contradictory.
“The statements included a suggestion that you were going to use violence against your father, amongst a number of reasons you said was because he was a Christian and you were a recent convert to Islam.
“I am concerned that there is no real explanation for your confused thinking that morning, nor for those threats made, even though they appear to have been without substance.”
The judge sentenced McKenna to a three year community order with rehabilitation requirements and supervision.
Prosecutors initially believed McKenna intended to cause some harm to his father with the axe and he originally faced a charge of possessing an offensive weapon in relation to it.
But, after high-ranking CPS officials and police officers reviewed the case, it has now been accepted that he did not intend harm.
Judge Moreland said it was a confused collection of explanations for McKenna carrying the weapon, including his “own protection” and the “religious differences”.
David Comb, defending, said McKenna was in a “mixed up frame of mind” last summer due to the breakdown of his relationship, his relocation to a new area and the loss of his job.
Mr Comb said McKenna had made a recent decision to follow his Turkish step father into the Muslim faith, where he felt welcomed and loved at a time when he had been “lonely and disorientated”….