24.05.2011, 26.05.2011, 27.05.2011
A group of four Muslim men have been jailed for attacking Gary Smith, a religious education teacher, on his way to work at a Girls’ School in East London in July last year. According to media reports about the trial, the four men assaulted Smith, as they did not approve of him (a non-Muslim) teaching Muslim girls; furthermore, they perceived his religious teaching to “mock Islam”.
Smith, who was severely injured in the attack and did not regain consciousness for two days, has lost his sense of smell and still suffers from long- and short-term memory loss as well as depression and anxiety.
The judge ordered the young men to serve jail sentences of four to ten years. He believes that they remain a danger to the public due to their extremist beliefs. The Telegraph even reports that the four had been terrorist suspects.