Saturday, July 02 2016

Twelve EDL supporters admit public order offences for disruption outside MEP's home

The Lancashire Evening Post reports that twelve EDL supporters have admitted public order offences after they entered the garden of MEP Sajjad Karim’s home, causing severe disruption and frightening his family, including his eight year-old daughter. The offences include using threatening behaviour; racially aggravated provocation of violence, and possession of an offensive weapon.

From the LEP:

“A politician’s eight-year-old daughter was “petrified” when anti-Islamic protesters marched into the garden of their home with banners and banged on the window.

“Lancashire MEP Sajjad Karim’s home was targeted by the English Defence League (EDL) as part of a day of protests against “radical Islam” in the county on July 2 last year.

“Twelve admitted public order offences at Preston Crown Court and will be sentenced on May 25.

“Speaking from Brussels, Mr Karim, who was due to give evidence, said: “It is not the sort of thing any child should ever have to be prepared for.”

“Sajjad Karim added: “To be afraid to leave ones house as a mob fuelled by hate protests outside is as frightening as it gets. They showed no regard to the fact my wife and daughter were at home.

““It left me hoping and praying that our four walls would keep us safe and you can’t begin to imagine how my young daughter felt.

““There were many more innocent people caught up in their violence that day and I am thankful this eleventh hour change of plea means they won’t have to relive their ordeal in a courtroom.

““We have not and will not allow such mobs to use their threatening ways to hound people in our society.””

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