In the UK, you can get jailed if you leave a bacon sandwich outside a mosque — but if you're a Koran teacher who sexually abused his 11-year-old student, you might get spared because your wife doesn't speak English.
That is what is being portrayed in a side-by-side comparison of two vetted news stories:
In 2014, a 40-year-old Islamic teacher by the name of Suleman Maknojioa was spared prison time despite reportedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. During a private tutoring session with the girl and her two brothers, Maknojioa had repeatedly rubbed the girl's leg and reached underneath her headscarf to feel her chest.
He was first convicted of five counts of sexual abuse and given a 40-week jail sentence, but that was suspended after courts heard his family was “dependent” on him and he was on state benefits, and his wife speaks “very little English.”
“He is married with six children, that family unit depends on him. His wife doesn’t work and speaks very little English, they are dependent on him to lead their lives and with the running of the household,” said Maknojioa's lawyer.
After criticizing him for breaching the “trust” of the child's parents by molesting her, the judge on the case concluded he no longer poses a “risk” and placed him under a two-year “supervision” and on a ten-year sexual “offence” list.
“You breached that trust deliberately and repeatedly,” Judge Michael Byrne said. “I bear in mind that social services conducted their own assessment and found that you do not pose a risk. You are now unemployed, living on state benefits.”
Later, in 2016, a man who was arrested for placing a bacon sandwich outside a British mosque was found dead in his prison cell halfway through his 12-month sentence.
35-year-old Kevin Crehan and his friends, 46-year-old Alison Bennett, 48-year-old Mark Bennett, and 31-year-old Angelina Swales, pleaded guilty to a “racially motivated attack” on the Jamia Mosque in Bristol earlier that year.
The four had reportedly shouted racial slurs to worshippers, tied a flag with the words “no mosques” to the fence outside the mosque, and placed their bacon sandwiches in front of the mosque door and on the door handle.
The following is a photo of the bacon sandwiches:
In addition to their individual jail sentences, Crehan and his friends were banned from going within 330 feet of a mosque in England for the next ten years.
The prison confirmed Crehan was found dead in his prison cell on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
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