Sunday, December 08, 2013
Another reward for Britain's multiculturalism
A violent criminal with a string of convictions fractured an 86-year-old's pelvis eight months after he won a human rights battle to stay in Britain.
A judge said Herve Mika, 24, should have been deported to his native Congo in central Africa, five years before he attacked a vulnerable pensioner in Ipswich, Suffolk, a court has heard.
Mika was convicted of racially or religiously aggravated assault and affray at Coventry Crown Court in 2008, and the judge recommended he serve his sentence before being thrown out of Britain.
However, he successfully appealed against his deportation in July last year, arguing he would not get the medication he needed for his mental illness in the Congo.
In March this year Mika, 24, committed grievous bodily harm on a frail 86-year-old at a Sainsbury's.
The attack has turned his devastated victim's life upside down, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Mika was trying to flee from staff who suspected him of shoplifting when he pushed the woman to the ground.
Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday there had been doubts over his mental fitness to enter a plea to GBH after the incident in the town.
But Mika admitted the charge after being ruled fit to do so.
Prosecutor Michael Crimp said he was suspected of shoplifting in Sainsbury's on February 24, but ran off. He returned to the store on March 5. Mika, of no fixed address, tried to escape again when an employee said they wanted to speak to him.
Mr Crimp said he shoved the elderly woman to the ground with 'some force', wrecking her life.
The court was told that Mika was first convicted at Birmingham juvenile court in 2006. He also has convictions for theft and assault.
Mr Crimp said Mika had also been convicted of battery on two people he had met in the street. It also emerged that the serial offender was given a 12-month conditional discharge by Norwich magistrates last Friday for assaulting a prison officer.
Sentencing Mika for GBH at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge David Goodin ordered him to be detained without time restriction under the Mental Health Act.
Brazilian mother forced to flee to her country's embassy in Norway after officials try to take her daughter, 3, into care 'for not eating like a Norwegian'
No multiculturalism there! Norwegian racism?
A Brazilian woman has fled to her embassy in Oslo with her three-year-old daughter after Norwegian child protection services threatened to take the child into care.
Vitoria Alves Jesumary, 37, a Brazilian native, claims social services tried to take her daughter Sofia because she is not ‘eating like a Norwegian’.
Ms Jesumary has now been hiding at the embassy for a week and is refusing to leave until she is allowed to leave for Brazil with her daughter.
Ms Jesumary recently divorced Sofia’s father, a Norwegian man of Chilean descent, and the custody battle and troublesome split led to her contacting welfare services for help, but instead was threatened with losing her child, she claims.
A friend of Ms Jesumary says she was told the reason for Sofia being taken into care is because of her eating habits and dominating character, however the mother does not speak either English or Norwegian.
‘Put simply, it's an abuse of authority," Ana Lucia Lima, a pastor at a pentecostal church in Oslo, told The Local.
‘They say she's not eating like it's normal to do here in Norway and that she's developing a dominating character among her friends. They say this is because she's not getting good parenting.’
Child Protection Services were contacted by local media, but refused to comment on individual cases.
Brazilian embassy representative Francisco Chagas Catunda Resende told state broadcaster NRK that although Brazil respected Norway's laws and institutions, it is in Sofia's best interest that she and her mother move to Brazil.
‘We’re trying to resolve this case diplomatically with Norwegian authorities,’ he said. ‘It is a very uncomfortable situation for the embassy.’
The Brazilian embassy has met with representatives from the local CPS as well as the Chilean consulate, Mr Resende added.
Sofia’s father told the state broadcaster that he also supports Ms Jesumary’s wish to travel to Brazil. ‘As I see it, it’s the only solution. We don’t think this can be solved in court,’ he told NRK.
Mistake of multiculturalism aided extremists says British PM
Timid politicians with a ‘misplaced’ fear of offending Muslims have allowed Islamist extremism to take root in the institutions of Britain, the Prime Minister warned yesterday.
A task force chaired by David Cameron said the policy of treating different cultures as ‘separate and distinct’ – known as multiculturalism – had been a ‘mistake’.
The panel said it was far easier to combat the fanaticism that leads to terrorism when different communities ‘come together to challenge it’.
Yesterday’s report – a response to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich – was scathing about the ‘reticence’ of politicians to confront Islamists.
It was published by Downing Street on behalf of Mr Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and a string of other senior Cabinet ministers.
The report gives a stark warning of how – by being afraid to challenge hard-line views – politicians had allowed fanaticism to take root in a string of British institutions.
It says: ‘The Government, as much as organisations and communities in the UK, must take responsibility. ‘We have been too reticent about challenging extreme Islamist ideologies in the past, in part because of a misplaced concern that attacking Islamist extremism equates to an attack on Islam itself. This reticence, and the failure to confront extremists, has led to an environment conducive to radicalisation in some mosques and Islamic centres, universities and prisons.’
For three decades, Whitehall promoted a strategy of multiculturalism that Mr Cameron has previously described as ‘encouraging different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream’.
The task force, which the PM personally chaired, warns this was a ‘mistake’. It says: ‘Extremism is less likely to be tolerated by communities which come together to challenge it.
‘Britain is stronger because of its open, multi-faith and multi-racial communities, which can tackle extremists together and challenge the view that it is not possible to be a true Muslim and be integrated in British society.
Mr Cameron called on the Government and wider society to ‘take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centres or universities’.
He said yesterday: ‘I have been absolutely clear that this is not something we should be afraid to address for fear of cultural sensitivities.’
The task force is recommending new civil powers – dubbed ‘Tebos’, or terror and extremism behaviour orders – to target extremists. They could be used to bar people from preaching messages of terror and hate, associating with named individuals thought vulnerable to radicalisation, and from entering specific venues such as mosques or community halls.
Ministers also want new internet filters to block extremist websites and extended powers for watchdogs to shut down charities suspected of being fronts for extremist groups.
The Government is also introducing a new definition of extremism which specifically includes a ‘distorted interpretation of Islam’ which argues against ‘liberal values such as democracy, the rule of law and equality’.
In 2004 Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality – now the Equality and Human Rights Commission – said multiculturalism was out of date because it ‘suggests separateness’. He warned that Britain was sleepwalking into segregation.
It's OK to shoot burglars in Britain -- but only if you are a drug dealer
Tony Martin will be fascinated to hear it
A retired watchmaker who became a Breaking Bad-style drugs manufacturer has been cleared of wrongdoing after shooting a burglar while trying to protect his cannabis crop.
Malcolm White, 63, fired at Robert Richards when he caught him trying to smash his living room window in October 2011.
The burglar was so badly injured when he was arrested that doctors had to amputate his right leg - but yesterday a jury ruled that White had not meant to harm him.
He had previously pleaded not guilty to unlawful wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm at Worcester Crown Court.
However, White admitted growing cannabis and illegal possession of weapons at a previous court hearing, and will be sentenced at a later date.
A jury heard that the retiree spent 20 minutes locking up the garage which contained his £18,000 cannabis farm before he reported the attempted break-in at his £420,000 home in Whitborne, Herefordshire by Richards, 30, and Darren Randall, 26.
He told officers he believed the robbers had been after his Audi A8 sports car - but failed to inform them he had shot one of the thieves.
The jury was told that White had a total of 20 firearms stashed around his home, and boasted to partner Josephine Merrick that he 'shot the bastard' during the botched burglary.
Prosecutor Simon Phillips said that White was 'no ordinary householder' and shot Richards in order to 'protect his turf'.
He continued: 'The reality was, Mr White knew this raid was a possibility and took the initiative to shoot Mr Richards before he knew it.
'He was protecting his turf and was prepared with a number of firearms around his property.
'In Mr White's garage was a valuable and extensive crop of cannabis. He was somebody who had something to protect.'
The barrister told the court that the couple's home was 'set apart from other houses', making it easier for White to conceal his drug farm, for which he had bought £20,000 worth of equipment.
When police searched the garage they seized 60 plants worth up to £18,000 but capable of producing £60,000 of cannabis a year.
Mr Phillips said: 'Mr White and Josephine Merrick were watching television when someone began banging on the living room window with a tool of some sort but were unable to gain access.
'Mr White turned to Josephine Merrick and said, "I'll get the bastard" before she escaped into the hallway. She then heard three shots - boom, crack, crack.
'She then heard a man's voice shouting "He's got me" and "We've got to get him out of here," before a sound consistent of people moving away from the house.
'Next, she went to the living room and saw through the smashed window essentially Mr Richards and Mr Randall doing a runner.
'Mr Richards was found with Mr Randall by passersby and then police outside a Chinese takeaway in nearby Leigh Sinton.
'Josephine Merrick wondered where Mr White was, she noticed the upstairs lights were on, they were previously off. Mr White then came in from the kitchen when she said, "Did you get him?"
'To which he replied, "Yes I got the bastard." She said, "Is he still alive?" And Mr White said, "Yes, he's still walking, I think I got him in the leg, I wish I would have finished him off."'
During a police interview, White said he thought he had shot the gun in the air, adding that he believed the men were trying to get to his car or his partner. He said he had been growing drugs for four or five months.
Ms Merrick was ordered to perform 15 hours of unpaid work and given a 12-month restraining order after she pleaded guilty to producing a controlled substance last month.
Richards was jailed for 10 and a half years and Randall sentenced to 13 years and four months after they were convicted of aggravated burglary in February.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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