Shabir Ahmed was leader of a Muslim rape gang; he blamed his conviction on an anti-Muslim conspiracy.
He viciously assaulted James Palmer for saying “terrorists” should be eradicated, even though Palmer didn’t mention Muslims. Ahmed, that racist, bigoted “Islamophobe,” assumed that Palmer was referring to Muslims when he referred to “terrorists.”
Even after the assault, Palmer was anxious to affirm his continued adherence to politically correct fictions: “There’s no denying he took umbrage. I never mentioned Muslims. I said bombers not Muslims. I said Muslims don’t plant bombs do they? And he agreed. That still stands by the way.”
A prisoner punched another inmate to the ground and then stamped on his face following a row about the Brussels terror attacks, a court heard.
Shabir Ahmed, 64, from Oldham, attacked a 71-year-old fellow inmate at Wakefield prison who had suggested ‘terrorists should be eradicated’ on the day news broke about the outrage in Belgium, a jury was told.
The defendant confronted the elderly inmate and threatened to kill him ‘if you slag off Muslims again’.
The court heard that the defendant later floored the elderly prisoner, sending his false teeth flying, before stamping a number of times on his face and head….
The prosecutor described how Mr Ahmed took exception to comments being made by Mr Palmer at around 8.30am on Tuesday March 22 last year as he was walking with other prisoners to work.
Mr Palmer was discussing the recent Brussels terror attacks with a fellow inmate before suggesting that ‘terrorists should be killed’, said Mr Adlington.
He continued: “The defendant walking in front of him turned around and challenged Mr Palmer about his comments. There was an exchange of words, with the defendant telling Mr Palmer that if you slag off Muslims again he would kill him.”
Mr Palmer headed off to his workplace but when he was returning to his cell the defendant punched him to the face, causing him to fall to the ground, the jurors were told.
He was unaware of what happened after that although two eye witnesses saw Mr Ahmed raise his right foot and stamp on Mr Palmer’s head ‘a number of times’ before being pulled off by other prisoners, according to the prosecution.
Mr Ahmed then walked away, Mr Adlington told the jury.
Mr Palmer was taken to the prison’s healthcare department where he spent a few days being treated for a ‘bust nose’, a cut lip and abrasions to his head, the court heard.
He felt ‘light headed and dizzy’ for some time after alleged attack, the jurors were told….
“I was shocked and horrified again. I said these bombers have got to be eradicated,” he said.
He described how the defendant told him: “You effing insult Muslims again I will effing kill you. I then added Muslims don’t plant bombs do they? He was taken aback by that and said no. I said ‘there you are don’t go getting excited’.”
He described ‘two or three others’ who were friends of the defendant also ‘wanted to get on the issue’.
“I told them, you know, to shove off,” said Mr Palmer.
About three hours later, as he returned to his cell after working Mr Palmer described ‘two figures and fists coming flying at me’.
He said he blocked one blow but was hit in the head by another, sending him to the ground where he hit his head ‘very hard’.
He recalled being ‘kicked and stamped on’.
Under cross-examination, Mr Palmer said he could not defend himself as he was recovering from food poisoning and a chest infection at the time while ordinarily he was ‘perfectly capable of looking after myself’.
Being questioned by John Kennerley, for Mr Ahmed, he strenuously denied he had talked about eradicating Muslims, saying he had used the word eradicate ‘just like President Trump’.
The defendant was a ‘troublemaker’ who was ‘putting a twist on it’.
“There’s no denying he took umbrage. I never mentioned Muslims. I said bombers not Muslims. I said Muslims don’t plant bombs do they? And he agreed. That still stands by the way,” said Mr Palmer, who said he had many Muslim friends….