Mosque leader critical of a ‘slap on the wrist’ for racist behaviour

Kingsbury, where Collings abused the taxi driver
Kingsbury, where Collings abused the taxi driver
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A leading figure at Aylesbury Mosque has hit out at the lenient sentencing of a man who racially abused an Asian taxi driver in Kingsbury.

Daniel Collings, of Elmhurst Road, Aylesbury, was given a community order and told to pay costs and a surcharge at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Monday after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment.

Mohammed Amjad, the mosque’s vice-president, described the sentence as ‘a slap on the wrist’.

The charge followed an incident at 2.20am on May 28 when the 27 year old used racist language towards a taxi driver.

The incident was one of several in Aylesbury in the weeks after Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich on May 22.

Mr Amjad said a stronger sentence could have prevented future incidents.

Mr Amjad said: “Given the charged atmosphere at the time and given that unfortunately taxi drivers are in the vulnerable position where they often face this type of abuse, I think it would have been preferable if a stronger sentence could have been given as a deterrent to discourage this type of abuse and for the protection of people like taxi drivers.”

Despite the sentence, Mr Amjad welcomed the fact that someone had been brought to justice.

In part inspired by the series of unfortunate events that followed Drummer Rigby’s murder, the mosque is holding an open day on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26).

This is to give people a chance to learn about Islam and what happens at the Havelock Street site and meet people.

There will be a number of artefacts on display and there are also expected to be speeches from councillors and Aylesbury MP David Lidington.