MUSLIM TEEN WHO BRUTALLY ATTACKED AN ANGLICAN PRIEST WALKS FREE
From Newham Recorder: "Babul Islam, 19, was one of three "Asian" youths who attacked Canon Michael Ainsworth in his churchyard at St George-in-the-East Church in Shadwell.
Father-of-four Mr Ainsworth, 57, spent 12 days in hospital after he was kicked and punched in the head in what was described at the time as a "faith-hate" attack on March 5 this year.
It was claimed one of the yobs shouted "f***ing priest" during the attack which only stopped when another group of youths intervened and helped him home.
When Mr Ainsworth returned to his congregation his face was still swollen from the deep cuts he sustained and he had two black eyes.
But Islam denied the attack was religiously motivated and prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to simple assault occasioning actual bodily harm."
The 18th Century St George-in-the-East Church, designed by notable architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, has regularly had its windows smashed by gangs of youths congregating in the grounds."
A brick was previously thrown through the church window during services as youths screamed 'this should be a mosque not a church.' The Rev Alan Green, Dean of Tower Hamlets claims there are 'faith hate' incidents in east London every month.