My faith in the British justice system is rapidly disappearing at an alarming rate. Every time i read a story like this 1 where British 2 tier justice is evident. With Muslims getting soft punishments off the law courts such as suspended sentences and community service which if it was a white British person in the dock for,they would be slammed for a couple of years. Being part of an armed robbery is a serious offence people are getting banged up for 5 years sometimes for minor parts in it. So it makes you wonder as to if theres a hidden a agenda somewhere because storys like these continue to keep happening. Sentence guidelines for Muslims and then 1 for every1 else maybe? They have tried using religious reasons again as so often is the Muslim excuse in hope of leniency. Quite often it works disturbingly. To be honest the fact the he’s a training imam shoundnt mean nothing here what so ever. He could be a training grand mufti for all i care.He’s still an armed robber and should be punished accordingly like British law demands. 1 law for all!!!
A WOULD-BE imam and another man said to have been part of a plot to rob a betting shop walked free from court after a judge branded them “idiots.”
Mohammad Abdul Ghafaar and Wajid Khan, now both 20, were said to have been captured on CCTV “staking out” Tote Sport in Moorgate, Bury, before it was targeted in an armed raid in September 2009, Burnley Crown Court had earlier been told.
Ghafaar, of Merton Street, and Khan, of Kent Street, both Burnley, had earlier admitted to conspiracy to rob the shop, between August 18th and September 2nd 2009. They had owned up during the second week of a recent trial. Neither had any previous convictions.
Ghafaar is said to regularly lead prayers at his local mosque as part of a team of imams and may one day become one himself. His barrister told the court how the defendant had now finished his Islamic training and was beginning to play a role in his community.
The two defendants were each given 52 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, with 200 hours’ unpaid work by Judge Beverly Lunt. Mr Hugh McKee (prosecuting) had earlier told the court Ghafaar and Khan had gone into the shop across the road from the bookies around 10-30am and left about 11-30am. They then entered Tote Sport, one of them picked up a pen and the other got a betting slip, about 20 minutes before the robbery.
Mr Tim Storrie (defending Ghafaar) told the court his involvement in the offence, serious as it was, was “an extreme example of youthful folly.” The defendant’s family was supportive. He had now finished his scholarship training and was often asked to lead mosque prayers. Ghafaar, who had just started a joinery course at college, may be getting married in the not too distant future.
Mr Michael Blakey (defending Khan) said he had matured somewhat since the date of the offence. He had not offended since. The defendant was going back to college in two weeks.
Sentencing, Judge Lunt told the pair they should have pleaded guilty at the very beginning.
“You were idiots,” she said. The judge added in every other respect, the defendants behaved responsibly, properly, were well thought of and were good members of the community and society.