A Muslim activist who hit a police officer with his walking stick at a Tommy Robinson rally in Hyde Park has escaped with a suspended sentence.
Omar Mohamad, 62, scuffled with Sergeant Guy Rooney and left him with a severely bruised face at a counter protest in Hyde Park in March 2018.
The officer suffered from post traumatic stress, and his injury was so bad his children refused to walk to school with him.
Passing a 26-week suspended sentence, District Judge Richard Blake said the rally was held ‘to express views that were adverse to the Muslim community in the United Kingdom.’
‘We live in a democracy – people should feel free, within limits, to express their opinions,’ the judge said.
‘You were with a group of other men. It is fair to say that immediately in front of you there was a fracas. You joined into the melee that happened and you joined in with your stick.'
‘While you do need that stick to walk with, you very much used it by wielding it around as a weapon. You brought the stick round and struck the officer in the face.
‘There is no doubt that this was a very significant injury that you caused with your stick.’
Before his sentencing, Mohamad had written an apology letter to Mr Rooney which the judge took into consideration.
But the judge said Mohamad should have pleaded guilty to spare the officer the ordeal of reliving the incident.
‘Given your poor health and your previous good character it will be a suspended sentence,’ the judge added.
Mohamad denied causing actual bodily harm but was convicted by the jury. He was also ordered to pay £250 for court costs.
Author's comment: It's a good job he didn't write any mildly sarcastic emails, or his feet wouldn't have touched the ground on the way to prison. He only assaulted a police officer trying to carry out his duties. Such leniency couldn't possibly have anything to do with him being a member of a protected species, now could it?