Sunday, December 10

Muslim enforcer Michael Coe jailed for attacking school boy



A close associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary who beat up a schoolboy because he was cuddling his girlfriend has been jailed for more than two years.

Michael Coe, 35, sat with his hands behind his head as Judge Michael Gledhill QC branded him a self-appointed enforcer” who was prepared to resort to violence where necessary.

The Muslim convert left the 16-year-old boy bloodied and bruised from the attack, after spotting him hugging his girlfriend on a street corner in East Ham.

Coe, who converted to radical Islam while in prison with an al Qaeda terrorist, quizzed the young couple about their faith and branded the girl a “whore” for the public display of affection.

He flung the boy to the ground and then attacked a teacher who tried to intervene.

Coe denied assaulting the schoolboy – claiming he acted in self-defence – but was convicted by a jury at Southwark crown court in August.

Jailing him for two years and four months, Judge Gledhill said: “You saw two young people behaving as young people lawfully and frequently do in every town and every street across the country.

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary (Metropolitan Police)”In my judgement, you took offence very shortly after you saw these two because you thought they were young Muslims and to your way of thinking at that time, Islam prohibits such behaviour.

“You stopped to reprimand them and you were acting as a self-appointed enforcer of your interpretation at the time of how a Muslim should behave.”

Coe let out a smile and waved to his mother in the public gallery as he was led to the cells.

Coe gained notoriety as a prominent member of hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s inner circle, attending a rally to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and he has called for Sharia Law in the UK.

He converted to Islam while serving a jail sentence for shooting at police officers, and was welcomed into Choudary’s now notorious extremist group Al-Muhajiroun as he left prison.

He was convicted of a similar Muslim Patrol-style incident in 2013 when he confronted an 18-year-old girl outside school as she talked to her friends.

Coe beckoned her over and said: “Why are you talking to them, it goes against your religion.” He then said her friends were “kuffir scum”.

In the attack on the schoolboy, in Wilson Road, East Ham, on April 15, Coe stopped his car to tell the boy: “Let that schoolgirl go”, then saying: “How would you like it if your sister was cuddling?”

Coe then asked if they were Muslim, and fearing he would turn violent the teenagers denied it.

He then replied: “Why am I wasting my time with you if you are not Muslim?” and branded the girl a “whore”.

Coe grabbed the boy round the neck, flung him to the ground and kicked him, then went to flee the scene.

Teacher Boutho Siwela witnessed the attack and tried to photograph Coe’s car numberplate, but then found himself on the end of a violent assault.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said the teenage victim has now split up with his girlfriend as a result of the attack, and now does not socialise with his friends outside school.

“He says he is now worried and scared by older men and what they might do – he doesn’t know the man who did this to him but he is very scared for his life if he comes into contact with him again”, he said.

Naeem Mian, defending, said Coe has now accepted he had a “limited” knowledge of Islam, and has now resolved to seek a broader understanding of the religion.

He said Coe’s “troubled” upbringing contributed to his offending, and said the suggestion Coe is “some sort of Muslim enforcer is wholly misconceived”.

Mr Mian also told the court Coe has been attacked several times while in prison, including being stabbed in the neck and had boiling water poured over him, and he reacts badly when his personal space is invaded.

He is not the beast, not the monster that those who sit to my left – and I have in mind the press would seek the public to believe”, he said.

He is not some sort of self-appointed enforcer that your honour would like to think he is.

Mr Mian asked for a sentence that meant Coe could walk free from prison today, but the judge said the offences were so serious that only a prison sentence was appropriate.

Coe, of Devenish Road, Greenwich, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery but was convicted on both charges after a trial.

He has already spent more than seven months in prison, and will be released after serving half his sentence.