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British court jails man for Islamophobic attack outside Justin Bieber concert

British police arrest Shaun Murray, 27, after he yells Islamophobic abuse at a Muslim taxi driver while wielding a machete
DUBAI: A British court has jailed man for an Islamophobic-fueled incident in which the perpetrator wielded a machete and shouted abuse in front of crowds of Justin Bieber fans.

Shaun Murray, 27, had driven from Newcastle to Cardiff, south Wales, to take his 19-year-old brother, Edward Graham, to see the teen pop superstar in June.

But instead Murray burst into a fit of rage when a taxi driver asked him to move his car.

Waving a machete that he had in his car, he shouted: “They are dirty Muslims, they are baby killers, they carry nail bombs,” the court heard.

But quick thinking brave bystanders quickly tackled Murray to the ground and he was arrested. The court was told that the defendant was “extremely aggressive.”

Other taxi drivers tried to calm him down, the court was told, but he persisted with the abuse, shouting at the driver: “You shouldn’t be in this country,” the court heard.

Jailing Murray for 10 months for religiously aggravated threats and possession of an offensive weapon, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: “You became almost immediately violent and abusive… When the taxi driver was trying to reason with you, you told him to f*** off, f****** go back to your own country.

“Anyone behaving in the way you did, using words that you did is by the very nature a racist,” the judge said, adding: “The words you used in public were deeply offensive.”
DUBAI: A British court has jailed man for an Islamophobic-fueled incident in which the perpetrator wielded a machete and shouted abuse in front of crowds of Justin Bieber fans.

Shaun Murray, 27, had driven from Newcastle to Cardiff, south Wales, to take his 19-year-old brother, Edward Graham, to see the teen pop superstar in June.

But instead Murray burst into a fit of rage when a taxi driver asked him to move his car.

Waving a machete that he had in his car, he shouted: “They are dirty Muslims, they are baby killers, they carry nail bombs,” the court heard.

But quick thinking brave bystanders quickly tackled Murray to the ground and he was arrested. The court was told that the defendant was “extremely aggressive.”

Other taxi drivers tried to calm him down, the court was told, but he persisted with the abuse, shouting at the driver: “You shouldn’t be in this country,” the court heard.

Jailing Murray for 10 months for religiously aggravated threats and possession of an offensive weapon, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: “You became almost immediately violent and abusive… When the taxi driver was trying to reason with you, you told him to f*** off, f****** go back to your own country.

“Anyone behaving in the way you did, using words that you did is by the very nature a racist,” the judge said, adding: “The words you used in public were deeply offensive.”

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