London (OIC-UNA) - A man who armed himself with a 10-inch knife and hunted for Muslims to stab in London has been jailed after claiming he would become an a martyr for England.
Mickey Sage aged 24 years-old of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to threatening a person with a knife in a public place and accepted the incident was religiously aggravated. A judge at Inner London Crown Court sentenced him to two years and three months in prison, The Independent reported.
Police said Mickey, pulled a knife on people asking them if they were Muslim in Camberwell Green in England in the early hours of 7 June.
Sage was stopped and searched by officers before carrying out his plan but declared his intentions while being taken into custody, making Islamophobic comments. He went to claim that he would be a martyr for England and stab an imam in the neck, police said.
The court heard that police were called to near Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court by people reporting that a man was threatening people with a knife at 1.45am.
Detective Constable Samuel Cafferty said: Sage set out with a large knife with the clear intention to find Muslims to stab. Hate crime like this has no place in any society. Sage poses a very clear and present danger to members of the public, particularly the Muslim community and I'm pleased that he now has plenty of time to consider his actions.
Members of public confronted by Sage were not harmed but shaken by their ordeal and managed to get away from what could have been a very different ending.
Scotland Yard is urging people to tell them about hate crime, which remains largely under-reported, and says it will investigate all allegations thoroughly.
Home Office data shows spikes in racially or religiously-aggravated offenses, including a series of attacks on mosques, following the ISIS-linked Westminster attacks, Manchester and London Bridge.
A man accused of deliberately mowing down Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park, leaving one man dead on 19 June, is to go on trial in January.
Source: International Islamic News Agency