May 27 2011
LONDON: Five Muslim men who assaulted a religious education teacher because they did not approve of him teaching Muslim girls have been jailed.
BBC – Gary Smith, 38, was beaten as he walked to Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow, east London, last July. The gang left him unconscious after attacking him with a metal rod and a brick, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. They pleaded
guilty to GBH with intent and were ordered to serve jail sentences of four or five years.
The court heard how the men were only caught because Hussein’s car was being bugged on an unrelated matter. Hussein, who had a niece at the school, was heard to say: “He’s mocking us and he’s putting thoughts in people’s minds. “How can somebody take a job to teach Islam when he’s not even a Muslim himself?”
Hussein was also recorded as saying he did not care if he had to go to prison over the attack as he was doing it for the sake of Allah.
They pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and were ordered to serve jail sentences of four or five years. Judge John Hand QC said he believed the four remained a danger to the public because of their extreme religious beliefs. A fifth defendant, Badruzzuha Uddin, 24, of Shadwell, east London was jailed for two years after admitting a charge of assisting the attack.