IQNA

19:55 - March 07, 2019
News ID: 3468082
TEHRAN (IQNA) – A man who shouted racist abuse before deliberately driving at worshippers leaving a mosque in Britain has been jailed for five years.

 

Martin Stokes was sentenced for the late-night attack in September last year at the Al Hussaini Association Muslim community center in north-west London in which three people were injured, police said.

The 25-year-old, of Lynton Close in Wembley, was also banned from driving for seven-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and a religiously aggravated offence, the Metropolitan Police said.

It followed a similar attack on another north London mosque a year before.

Stokes had been drinking and smoking with others while parked up in the car near the mosque in Cricklewood where a private event was taking place, the force said.

The group, who were said to be causing a disturbance, were asked to move on by the event’s stewards but instead Stokes shouted racist abuse before deliberately driving his car into a group of people as they left the mosque just after midnight.

He then fled the scene, leaving three injured including one man in his fifties who was hospitalized for more than three weeks.

Following his sentencing at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday, Detective Sergeant Kelly Schonhage said: ‘Stokes selfishly drove his car at a group of innocent pedestrians and had no regard whatsoever for their safety.

‘It is very fortunate that no lives were lost in this incident and we are pleased that Stokes has now been brought to justice.’

Javid Rana, chairman of the Association of Muslim Police, said: ‘We know this incident caused significant concern within the community and we were pleased to be able to support this investigation and provide reassurance to the public.’

Mohammed Al Bayati, from the Al Hussaini Association, praised those who had helped in the aftermath of the incident.

‘The members of our association wish to join me in recognizing the selfless actions and bravery of all our community wardens, men and women, young and old and the other members of our community whose care and prompt actions helped minimize the extent of the injuries sustained and prevented an even deeper, unthinkable tragedy,’ he said.

 

Source: Yahoo News

 

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