Islamic ‘enforcer’ jailed for attack on a London schoolboy
Back in August, we reported that a vicious Muslim thug, Michael Coe, above, was facing a ‘substantial’ jail sentence for knocking a schoolboy unconscious in east London.
Well, yesterday at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Michael Gledhill QC sentenced Coe, who took on the name Mikaeel Ibrahim after converting to Islam, to 28 months in the slammer for the assault.
Coe, 35, an associate of jailed hate preacher Anjem Choudary, was driving through east London when he spotted two 16-year-olds hugging on the pavement.
He pulled over to confront the pair, demanding to know if they were Muslims, before calling the boy’s girlfriend a “whore”.
He then grabbed the boy by the throat and threw him to the ground before kicking his head as he lay there, leaving him unconscious and bleeding from two head injuries.
When passing school teacher Boutho Siwela tried to come to the teenager’s aid, he was also attacked.
Coe, who is 6ft 1in and weighs 16-and-a-half stone, admitted “shoving” the boy, who is half his size, but claimed he was acting in self-defence.
In a victim impact statement, the youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the attack had left him frightened of older men.
Reading from the statement, prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said:
He feels the offence has affected his life quite a lot. He doesn’t see his friends outside of school. He has also split up with the girl who was his girlfriend at the time.
He said he is now worried and scared of older men and what they might do. He says he doesn’t know the man who did this to him and he is very scared for his life if he was to come in contact with him again, because the attack on him was so random.
The court heard that Coe was radicalised in prison by al-Qaeda terrorist Dhiren Barot in 2007 while serving an eight-year term for firing a shotgun at police during an arrest.
Judge Gledhill told him:
You were acting as a self-appointed enforcer of your interpretation at the time of how Muslims should behave. At the time of these offences you either held extremist views or views that were getting very close to extremist views.
And I have no doubt at all that these views were nurtured in prison and probably outside prison by your association with convicted extremists in prison, and perhaps out of prison.
When you told the boy to let the girl go, you asked him how would he feel if someone did the same to his sisters. When he protested that he was doing nothing wrong, he showed you his school tie to let you know that he was just a schoolboy.
You then asked him, and then her, whether they were Muslim. They both denied that they were.
Why? Because they were frightened of what you would do if they told you the truth, that they were in fact Muslim. Denying their religion shows just how threatening you were when they said they were not Muslim.
The judge added that the second reason he believed Coe was enforcing his views on how young Muslims should behave is because he was involved in a similar incident in 2013.
He was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment after seeing a Muslim woman talking to a group of men and telling her that it was against Islam.
Coe appeared relaxed throughout most of his trial, smiling and leaning back in his seat with his hands behind his head, and his legs up against the dock wall.
However, he dropped his head in his hands as Naeem Mian, defending, told the court of his “troubled past”.
The court heard Coe had grown up knowing that his mother had been abused by his father.
Mian said this had caused the attacker to become guarded of his personal space. He also submitted that despite his size, Coe had been the victim of many attacks in prison.
He has been stabbed in the neck, he has had boiling water poured over him and he has also been attacked in numerous other ways.
Coe has a long record of violent offences starting when he was 16, including assaults, burglary, robbery and violent disorder.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn