Man jailed for life for 'revenge' attack on Muslims

27 March 2018, 13:30

A man has been jailed for life for trying to run over a Muslim woman and a 12-year-old girl as revenge for the 7/7 bombings and the Parsons Green Tube attack.

Mr Justice Soole handed down the sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

Paul Moore, 21, attempted to kill Zaynab Hussein with his Volkswagen Up car on 20 September last year in Leicester, narrowly missing a 12-year-old schoolgirl.

Ms Hussein, 47, was struck once and then driven over again moments later as Moore was seen laughing.

He then drove at the 12-year-old girl because he wanted to "do the country a favour".

Moore, of Letchworth Road, Western Park, Leicester, had told a relative he intended to target Muslims.

He was convicted earlier this month of attempted murder, attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

"The courage of your victims, and the compassion and courage of all those who came to the aid of Ms Hussein in different ways - and who notably come from across the diverse range of this local community - stand in stark contrast to your wickedness that morning," the judge said.

"All pedestrians were at risk from you that morning. However, the fact remains that you ultimately launched your assault on those who were in Islamic clothing.

"Your intention to kill Ms Hussein was underlined by your wicked decision to return for a second assault with the car. It was only luck and her quick thinking that saved your second intended victim from injury."

He added: "In circumstances where you have shown no remorse and where there is reason to believe that you may have taken satisfaction from what you did, the alternatives of an ordinary determinate sentence or an extended determinate sentence would provide inadequate protection to the public."

In Ms Hussein's victim impact statement read to the court by prosecutor Jonathan Straw, the Somali national said she has been bed-bound since the incident.

The statement read: "I have limited mobility. I can only get to the toilet with the assistance of a walking frame.

"I feel I have lost my independence. It is not something I am used to and I do not want to be dependent on others.

"This is really upsetting and hurtful - it is affecting my happiness.

"My younger children come into the room and ask, 'when are you going to start walking again?'.

"I physically cannot go outside, but even if I wanted to I wouldn't.

"I don't understand why someone would want to hurt me - especially somebody I have never met."

Steve Newcombe, defending Moore, said: "There is nothing in his background to suggest that he has held a grudge against Muslims and people of any other faith."