REDBRIDGE: "Religious" man allowed to walk free after street attack

A REDBRIDGE man who fractured another man's jaw in a fight in a bank queue has been spared jail by Cherie Booth because he is "religious".

Cherie Booth, wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, allowed Shamso Miah, 25, of Empress Avenue, Ilford, to walk free from Inner London Crown Court, where she was sitting as judge, saying he is a "religious man" and has "not been in trouble before".

Miah was sentenced to six months in jail, to be suspended for two years, and 200 hours' community service following an attack in August last year in which he twice punched another man in the face.

The row broke out over who was next in the queue at a bank in East Ham and Miah, a devout Muslim, grabbed fellow customer Mohammed Furcan before punching him.

Mr Furcan chased Miah into the street, demanding to know why he had been hit, before Miah punched him again.

When arrested, Miah said he had acted in self defence but the court was told CCTV footage at the bank showed he had started the fight.

Miah, an unemployed first-time offender, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ms Booth added that street violence "has to be taken seriously".

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9:03am Mon 25 Jan 10

Morris Hickey says...

Stupid old cow.
Stupid old cow. Morris Hickey
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10:36am Mon 25 Jan 10

Heartlysmum says...

I thought muslims were supposed to be honest, cctv showed up his lies, so he isn't very religious is he?
I thought muslims were supposed to be honest, cctv showed up his lies, so he isn't very religious is he? Heartlysmum
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12:07pm Mon 25 Jan 10

Touchwood says...

Religion rears it's ugly head yet again!
Religion rears it's ugly head yet again! Touchwood
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10:49pm Mon 25 Jan 10

Brisbane says...

So an atheist who committed the same crime would be jailed?
So much for equality under the New Labour regime.
So an atheist who committed the same crime would be jailed? So much for equality under the New Labour regime. Brisbane
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3:17pm Fri 29 Jan 10

Ulysses31 says...

He can't have been that religious if the CCTV showed he was lying. It would have made more sense if she said he was escaping jail due to his previous good character and the fact he'd never been in trouble before. I think most people would have understood that and we wouldn't be commenting on it now, but by bringing religion into it (when it seems to have no bearing on the incident) seems unnecessary.
He can't have been that religious if the CCTV showed he was lying. It would have made more sense if she said he was escaping jail due to his previous good character and the fact he'd never been in trouble before. I think most people would have understood that and we wouldn't be commenting on it now, but by bringing religion into it (when it seems to have no bearing on the incident) seems unnecessary. Ulysses31
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