Racist thug jailed for two anti-Muslim incidents in Newcastle
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Monday August 11 2014
Local Newcastle paper, The Chronicle, reports on the sentencing of a man who subjected a Muslim family to a tirade of verbal abuse as they attempted to move furniture into their new home.
Daniel McStay, 22, was one of a gang of men who approached the family as they drove up to their new home in Elswick to install some furniture. As the family stopped their car in front of their home, members of the gang were said to have shouted “You better not be moving here or we will kill you, this is our estate.”
Further racist abuse followed and a 17-year-old started punching the driver’s side window shouting “Get out of here or I will kill you,” according to the paper. The family were set upon as they thugs started kicking at their car. As they beat a retreat by driving off the family were pursued by the gang who threw a pint of beer at the car which smashed against the rear windscreen spraying alcohol over the back of the car.
Speaking to the local paper, Mr Ali said “We had been looking forward to moving in to the new house but now we do not wish to do so.
“My daughters and wife are extremely upset, we have not been involved in an incident like this before.
“My family have been racially targeted for no reason. The damage to my car can be repaired, however mentally we have all suffered.”
A short while later, the gang accosted another Muslim, again in a car. An 18 year old Muslim male was waiting for a friend outside Newcastle Central mosque in Elswick Road when the gang approached him as he sat in his car and started shouting abuse at him. The young man, fearful of safety, locked his car doors and drove off. Again, the gang pursued him with one of the gang kicking his car.
Police caught up with McStay and two others, both 17 years old, in connection with the second incident. McStay was charged with offences committed in the first incident when his footprint matched the imprint on Mr Ali’s car.
McStay pleaded guilty to two charges of racially aggravated harassment, racially aggravated criminal damage and possessing cannabis.
McStay was jailed for 8 months at Newcastle Crown Court while the two 17-year-olds involved in the incidents were sent to the youth court to be dealt with for their part in the hate crimes.