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Wembley man jailed for five years for racist, Islamophobic hit and run outside Shia Mosque

 

Martin Stokes, of Lynton Close, UK, shouted racist abuse before driving into Shia worshippers outside the Al-Majlis Al-Husseini mosque, and speeding off.

The attack, which left three people injured, took place just after midnight on September 19 during Muharram, a sacred month of the Islamic calendar.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and a religiously aggravated offence.

He was sentenced yesterday at Harrow Crown Court and was also banned from driving for seven and a half years.

The court heard that Stokes was parked up with passengers drinking and smoking in a car park close to the community centre in Horseshoe Close where a private event was taking place.

When asked to move on by the event stewards Stokes shouted racist abuse and then deliberately drove his car into a group of people who were leaving the centre before driving off.

 

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