Sunday, March 13, 2016
Multiculturalist who stabbed an aspiring model to death as he tried to steal £1,000 laptop for sale on Gumtree is jailed for 21 years
A robber who stabbed an aspiring model in the heart as he attempted to steal the £1,000 laptop he was selling on Gumtree was jailed for 21 years and six months today.
Michael Adegbite, 28, fought back when the supposed ‘buyers’ tried to swipe his Apple MacBook when they met on a street in Enfield, north London on July 19 last year.
But Christopher Nzeh, 18, pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed the personal trainer, who also worked as a teaching assistant, through the heart, leaving him to bleed to death in the street.
Montel Ajayi, 19, Isaac Owen-Brady, 18 and Nzeh, all admitted to planning to rob the victim - and all three were known to have carried out a series of violent robberies on Gumtree users previously.
Nzeh was convicted of his manslaughter and all three men were cleared of murder.
Jailing the serial Gumtree robbers for a total of 34 years, Old Bailey Judge Paul Worsley QC said: ‘I do find you have all been prepared, in the past, to use violence on those you have set out to rob and you have taken weapons to the scene.
‘Those who go armed with knives to commit robbery, whether or not they are used in the course of a robbery, will inevitably attract high sentences.
‘That is underlined when the victim is targeted and the robbery takes part in his home.’
The judge sentenced Nzeh to a total of 21 and a half years for robbery, possession of a knife and manslaughter, telling him: ‘You produced a knife from your waist, opened it out, then thrust it deep into the chest of Michael, piercing his heart.
‘The jury have concluded that you alone were responsible for the death of Michael.
‘He was only 28 years old. He was a model and a personal trainer. He had his whole life ahead of him. ‘He did not deserve to die alone in the street as he did.’
Ajayi, who the jury found did not know a knife was going to be taken to the scene, was jailed for five years for robbery and Owen-Brady was handed a 12-year sentence for robbery, possession of a knife and a similar robbery on a 16-year-old.
Before targeting Mr Adegbite, Nzeh and Ajayi ambushed a man selling his iPad in May 2014, punching him repeatedly before grabbing the electronic device.
Owen-Brady was also involved in a previous Gumtree robbery, in March 2014, when a victim was stabbed in the back for his XBox games console.
UK: 'We must give tactical military assistance to Isis' says Trotskyist who was readmitted to the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn
A hard-left activist who was readmitted by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party in November has made a remarkable call to support Isis against air strikes.
Gerry Downing defended a blog post by his Trotskyist revolutionary group Socialist Fight in which it argued for 'critical support and tactical military assistance' to be given to Islamic terrorists fighting 'US-led world imperialism'.
Labour said it had expelled him from the party last night after David Cameron used Prime Minister's Questions to ask Mr Corbyn why he had been re-instated Mr Downing after an appeal.
But speaking on the Daily Politics Show today, Mr Downing said no one from the party had informed him he had been kicked-out and used the TV appearance to repeat his highly controversial views.
He refused to condemn the 9/11 attackers and said we should instead seek to 'understand' their motivations, claiming they carried out the attacks on New York's Twin Towers because they were 'outraged at what had happened to their land'.
Asked about his Trotskyist group's blog calling for Isis to be given military support, Mr Downing said: ‘Tactical support means that we are opposed to the US bombing of them… because first of all US bombing involves the killing of what they call collateral damage – a vast number of civilians.
Pressed on what tactical military assistance would require, he said: 'If you analyse world imperialism as the main enemy you always oppose its actions – that follows logically, you would always be fighting out US imperialism from the Middle East etc.’
Mr Cameron raised the case of Mr Downing's readmission to the Labour party yesterday, quoting his blog post insisting that terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks 'must never be condemned'.
During prime minister’s question time, Mr Cameron said: ‘I was completely appalled to see yesterday that the Labour Party have readmitted someone to their party who says that the 9/11 suicide bombers, and I quote, “must never be condemned”, and belongs to an organisation that says “we defend the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq”.
‘These are appalling views and I hope that the Leader of the Opposition will throw this person out of the party rather than welcome him in.’
Mr Corbyn did not reply to the question but last night a Labour party spokesman said: 'Following further evidence that has come to light Gerry Downing has now been excluded from the Labour Party by the NEC panel.'
Mr Downing was kicked out of the party last summer over views expressed on his Twitter feed and blog but was re-instated in November after an appeal.
But the controversial activist said today: 'Everybody tells me I was expelled me last night but nobody has bothered to informed me – there has been no communication whatsoever.'
Defending his refusal to condemn the 9/11 attackers, Mr Downing said: 'What I was doing was to explain the reasons for it and the reasons for the attack are basically what imperialism did in the Middle East.
‘I think you have to say that in those circumstances the first thing you have to do is understand why that happened. It didn’t happen because these are madmen or because they’re lunatics or because they’re bad people. It happened because they were outraged at what had happened to their land.’
He added: ‘I wouldn’t use the phrase condemn because I think that like old Baruch Spinoza said, ‘I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them’ and if you understand what happened and why it happened… I would understand the motivations of the people who did that.’
Yesterday's row over Mr Downing's readmission to Labour erupted amid new reports of a sustained attempt by members of the far left to take over the party.
The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, the pressure group prominent in the 1980s, is pressing for a rule change meaning MPs would not be able to prevent Mr Corbyn from running for re-election if challenged.
Trump Doubles Down on 'Islam Hates Us'; 'I Don't Want to Be So Politically Correct'
"I don't want to be so politically correct," Republican Donald Trump said Thursday night as he repeated his claim that "there is tremendous hate" on the part of Muslims toward America.
The controversy erupted Wednesday night, when Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "I think Islam hates us." At the CNN-hosted debate on Thursday, moderator Jake Tapper asked Trump, "Did you mean all 1.6 billion Muslims?"
"I mean a lot of them! I mean a lot of them," Trump responded."There's something going on that maybe you don't know about, maybe a lot of other people don't know about, but there's tremendous hatred. And I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson Cooper."
Rubio, invited to weigh in, said, "a lot of people find appeal in the things Donald says, because he says what people wish they could say. The problem is, presidents can't just say anything they want. It has consequences, here and around the world."
Rubio then talked about two Christian missionaries in Muslim-majority Bangladesh who rely on "friendly Muslims" for their safety and security. "And they tell me that today they have a very hostile environment in which to operate in because the news is coming out that in America, leading political figures are saying that America doesn't like Muslims. So this is a real impact."
Rubio agreed that "radical Islam is a danger in the world," but he also reminded the audience that Muslims have fought and died for this country: "Anyone out there that has the uniform of the United States on and is willing to die for this country is someone that loves America -- no matter what their religious background may be."
"Marco talks about consequences," Trump said. "Well, we've had a lot of consequences, including airplanes flying into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and could have been the White House. There have been a lot of problems.
"Now you can say what you want, and you can be politically correct if you want. I don't want to be so politically correct. I like to solve problems. We have a serious, serious problem of hate.
"There is tremendous hate. There is tremendous hate. Where large portions of a group of people, Islam, large portions want to use very, very harsh means. Let me go a step further. Women are treated horribly. You know that. You do know that. Women are treated horribly, and other things are happening that are very, very bad.
"Now I will say this, there is tremendous hatred. The question was asked, what do you think? I said, there is hatred. Now it would be very easy for me to say something differently. And everybody would say, oh, isn't that wonderful. We better solve the problem before it's too late," Trump warned, without explaining how he'd solve it.
Rubio, responding, said, "I'm not interested in being politically correct. I'm not interested in being politically correct. I'm interested in being correct."
The senator agreed that "Islam has a major problem on its hands" with radicalization, but he also said Americans need to work with Muslims who are not radicals. "We are going to have to work with people of the Muslim faith even as Islam itself faces a serious crisis within it of radicalization."
Returning to the topic several minutes later, Trump said, "In large mosques, all over the Middle East, you have people chanting 'death to the USA.' Now, that does not sound like a friendly act to me."
UK: It isn't racist to fear migration, says the Archbishop of Canterbury: Justin Welby believes it is 'outrageous' to dismiss public's genuine concerns
Cantuar talks some sense for once
Britain has a ‘genuine and justified’ fear of mass immigration, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared last night.
The country’s most senior churchman said it was ‘absolutely outrageous’ to dismiss the public’s legitimate concerns as racist.
Archbishop Justin Welby warned: ‘There is a genuine fear. And it is really important that that fear is listened to and addressed. There have to be resources put in place that address those fears.’
He added: ‘What happens about housing? What happens about jobs? What happens about access to health services?’
Campaign groups last night welcomed his powerful intervention as a ‘marvellous breath of fresh air’. It comes after years in which the liberal Left has attacked those expressing concern about the unprecedented levels of immigration into Britain as bigots.
Archbishop Welby also revealed that the Church would not be taking a position in the EU referendum debate.
He was highly critical of Europe’s response to the refugee crisis, but added: ‘You can’t say, “God says you must vote this way or that way”.’
Mass immigration is fast becoming central to the debate, as concerns rise about the millions of migrants flooding into Europe.
Out campaigners have warned that, unless Britain votes to leave the EU, it can never regain control of its borders. Fears have also been raised about the added pressure which would be put on already stretched public services in the UK if more people are allowed to settle here.
In an interview with Parliament’s House magazine, Archbishop Welby said: ‘Fear is a valid emotion at a time of such colossal crisis. This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable.
‘There is a tendency to say “those people are racist”, which is just outrageous, absolutely outrageous.
‘In fragile communities particularly – and I’ve worked in many areas with very fragile communities as a clergyman – there is a genuine fear: what happens about housing? What happens about jobs? What happens about access to health services?
‘There have to be resources put in place that address those fears.
‘But we have demonstrated this enormous capacity to deal with things…It is simply a question of the scale on which we are prepared to act, in a way that spreads the load so it can be managed.’
The comments will be seen by some as a U-turn by the Archbishop himself. Two years ago, he said it was wrong to view immigration as ‘something that is somehow going to overwhelm’ Britain.
At the time, his remarks were seen as a slap down to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who had just said that some communities feel ‘swamped’.
In last night’s interview, Mr Welby appeared to condemn the EU’s response to the migrant crisis. He said: ‘The lack of a European solution is deepening the crisis very, very significantly.’
But he repeated his previous demands for Britain to take in more refugees. Mr Cameron has said the UK will take in 20,000 over the current Parliament.
He said: ‘We have to play our part. I was in Germany last weekend doing some work with some churches there. The Germans took 1.1million last year. And it does make 20,000 over several years sound very thin.’
He admitted, however, that we ‘have to be careful’, adding: ‘The Government is rightly concerned about effectively subsidising people smuggling.’
He said the EU debate ‘should be about what we fear’. He added: ‘Fear of what happens if we leave, fear of what happens if we stay…My hope and prayer is that we have a really visionary debate about what our country looks like.’
Last night former diplomat and founder of MigrationWatch Lord Green of Deddington welcomed the remarks on immigration.
He said: ‘What a marvellous breath of fresh air. This is clearly an outstanding leader who listens carefully to his flock and understands their genuine concerns.’
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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