When i was growing up i was often told by my parents, teachers and other peers that crime doesn’t pay. Now i have come to realise that what they should of said was “crime doesn’t pay unless your a Muslim” as the case of Shagufta Mahmood shows. Caught red handed by police with 877 blank visas worth potentially as much as £8 million, that had been stolen during a robbery from a courier van. In court she pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods with a value of 1 million pounds. As you can see this isn’t just £100 worth of shoplifted make up or a couple of car radios were talking about here. Its a very large amount of money so you would expect her to be looking at a big prison sentence.
Even Greater Manchester Police serious crimes division, said it was an ‘extremely serious’ offence. Not only the amount of money the blank visas were worth on the black market but also “The ramifications of blank passports and visas falling into the hands of offenders both in the UK and then abroad, who could seek to those them to commit serious criminality and potentially terrorism, are huge.”
But as we have come to expect from British law courts and its 2 tier justice that favours Muslims for some bizarre reason. Mahmood was spared prison and given a suspended sentence like is all to common. The pathetic punishment for such a large offence even goes against the CPS sentencing guidelines for handling stolen goods.
Relevant Sentencing Guidelines:
Property >£100K or the offence is highly organised and bears the hallmarks of a professional commercial operation, a sentence of 4 years and upwards is likely to be appropriate, and it will be the higher where the source of the handled property is known by the handler to be a serious violent offence such as armed robbery. 4 -14 years.
Relevant Sentencing Case Law:
R v Hutchings and Others  15 Cr. App. R. (S) 498
Convicted of handling stolen property. The defendants handled bags stolen in a £65K armed post office van robbery. The defendants did not commission the offence and were not professional receivers. 7 years.
R v Leitch and Others  8 Cr. App. R. (S) 290
Convicted or pleaded guilty to charges of theft, handling stolen goods, or conspiracy to handle stolen goods. The defendants were baggage handlers variously concerned in stealing blank traveller’s cheques from mail bags at Heathrow Airport, and arranging for them to be encashed. The total loss was in excess of £1 million. Breach of trust in excess £100K carefully planned. 7 to 4 years.
She must of been laughing all the way back to the mosque when the judge gave her a suspended sentence. What a deterrent to other Muslims thinking about getting involved in major crime eh!! British justice don’t you just love it !!
Woman who had £8m worth of stolen visas spared jail
12 Feb 2013 17:58
A woman who was caught with up to £8m worth of stolen visas has been spared jail.
Shagufta Mahmood, 22, was caught red-handed with 877 stolen visas taken during a robbery in 2008.
Thieves took 3,600 blank passports and 4,500 visas from a courier van parked outside a newsagent in Chadderton, Oldham.
The visas were said to be worth up to £10,000 each on the black market.
The documents were on their way to RAF Northolt where they would have been sent to British Embassies worldwide.
Special units from Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation and recovered nearly 1,500 visas and more than 2,000 passports in January 2009.
In October 2009, five men were jailed for their parts in the theft.
Mahmood was an associate of the convicted men and had previously been in a relationship with one of the offender’s sons.
Following a raid at her home in June last year, police found a black plastic bin liner containing 877 of the stolen visas in the loft.
Detective Inspector Chris Mossop, from GMP’s serious crime division, said it was an ‘extremely serious’ offence.
He added: “The ramifications of blank passports and visas falling into the hands of offenders both in the UK and then abroad, who could seek to those them to commit serious criminality and potentially terrorism, are huge.
“With every document we recover we are substantially reducing that risk and that is a fantastic result not just for people in Manchester but across the UK and even further afield.
“Mahmood was clearly caught up in a far bigger conspiracy but by storing these documents in her loft she played a role in supplanting the dangerous circumstances I have already outlined.”
Mahmood, of Rosewood Crescent, Chadderton, pleaded guilty to handling £1m worth of stolen goods. But police said criminals could pay up to £10,000 each for one of the stolen visas on the black market.
She was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Manchester Crown Court.
An investigation to recover the outstanding documents is ongoing.