Sunday, May 01, 2016
A multicultural career criminal
An obsessive serial sexual predator who targeted lone women after being repeatedly released on bail by police has been jailed for life.
Liban Abdi, 28, was on bail for burglary when he sexually assaulted three women – including one in her 70s – on the same day.
He then raped a fourth woman after dragging her into a pub car park before being arrested by police again.
But when they let him out on bail he went on to pounce on another woman as she opened the front door of her home.
Police fear unemployed Abdi could be responsible for many more attacks on women who have been too scared to come forward.
Today, the career criminal was jailed for life and to serve a minimum of 12 years.
A judge said he clearly planned all the attacks. Judge Grace Amakye said: ‘I am satisfied that your offences are so serious that a sentence of life imprisonment is required and that is the sentence which I impose.’
Abdi, who has a goatee beard, pulled his red tracksuit top over his mouth and hung his shaved head in his hands as he heard the verdict.
Snaresbrook Crown Court was told Abdi, born in Britain to Somali parents [i.e. Muslim], was a prolific criminal with 13 convictions whose criminal career began when he was just 14.
In 2007 he was jailed for three years for wounding his own brother. He was jailed again in June 2011 and sentenced to 42 months’ for robbery.
His last conviction was in April last year for indecent exposure and shouting vile lewd and racist comments to a group of white women.
Abdi carried out all the sex attacks while on bail for breaking into a woman’s bedroom as she slept and stealing an iPad.
Prosecutors said he targeted petite Asian women telling one victim as he raped her twice: ‘I love Chinese and Japanese.’ The three women he attacked on November 29 2014, were all of ‘Oriental appearance,’ the court was told.
Abdi throttled the woman in her 70s before putting his hand down her trousers as she took her daily walk in Poplar, East London.
A short while later he groped a second woman nearby at an underpass beside Blackwall Docklands Light Railway station. On that day he also attacked a woman in her own hallway, pushing her onto the floor before groping her. He then struck again five days later, dragging a woman he followed on a bus into a pub car park where he twice raped her.
Police arrested him at his home on December 7, 2014, and seized a distinctive red and green striped New York Yankees cap and a mobile phone but released him.
Five months later he attempted to overpower a woman as she entered her home in Bethnal Green at around 6am. But she fought him off after pleading with him that ‘I am human too’ and screamed causing him to run away before he was arrested.
Prosecutor Sandip Patel QC said: ‘He was clearly targeting Oriental females. ‘We know he was arrested shortly after the burglary and was bailed and, therefore, we know that he was on bail when he committed the offences.’
In a statement read to the court, one victim said she has been left a ‘shell of my former self’ by the attack. Another said: ‘Now my landlord wants to evict me because I can’t work to make the extra money. ‘The attack lasted merely seconds, but the effects have lasted ever since. I have no idea what sort of man could such a thing. He has ruined my life.’
Abdi was convicted by a jury of sexual assault, rape, attempted rape, assault by beating, assault and assault by penetration.
Speaking after the case, DC Tim Duffin, of the Metropolitan Police, said: ‘Abdi targeted lone women and put them through a terrible ordeal. ‘It is possible that there may be other women who were attacked by Abdi who are yet to contact police. I would ask them to call us so that we can help in any way possible.’
Black racist student who led campaign to remove Rhodes statue boasts that he refused to tip a waitress because she is white
A student who helped lead the campaign to tear down a ‘racist’ statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oxford has boasted about refusing to tip a waitress because she was white.
Ntokozo Qwabe bragged online that he and a friend made the woman cry ‘typical white tears’ after writing on the bill ‘we will give tip when you return the land’.
The incident, in a café in South Africa, provoked a fierce backlash from critics who branded him a ‘hypocrite’.
Mr Qwabe, 24, is one of the leaders of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, which campaigned to remove a statue of the 19th Century imperialist from Oriel College.
Although he is a Rhodes scholar himself and received money from the Rhodes’ estate to study at Oxford, Qwabe and other activists claimed forcing ethnic minority students to walk past the statue amounted to ‘violence’.
On Thursday, he wrote on Facebook about an altercation with a waitress during a visit to a restaurant called Obz Café in the Western Cape, South Africa.
He said the incident had left him ‘unable to stop smiling because something so black, wonderful & LIT just happened!’
He wrote that he had eaten there with a friend, described as a ‘radical non-binary trans black activist’, but that the pair had refused to pay the ‘white woman’ waitress a tip.
He said: ‘They take a pen & slip in a note where the gratuity/tip amount is supposed to be entered.
‘The note reads in bold: “WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND”.
‘The waitress comes to us with a card machine for the bill to be sorted out. ‘She sees the note & starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we’ve done is make a kind request? lol!).’
He added that she left the table crying and a ‘white male colleague’ then approached the table to ‘annoy us more with his own white tears telling us that he finds our act “racist”.’
He added: ‘Moral of the story: the time has come when no white person will be absolved. We are tired of “not all white people” and all other bulls***. We are here, and we want the stolen land back.
‘No white person will be out here living their best life while we are out here being a landless and dispossessed black mass. NO white person shall rest.
‘It is irrelevant whether you personally have land/wealth or you don’t. ‘Go to your fellow white people & mobilise for them to give us the land back.’
His post went viral on the internet, with critics from around the world hitting out at his apparent prejudice.
Muhammed Habib Banderker wrote: ‘What an absolute fool of a human being this guy is.’
Tim Flack said: ‘Oh big man, so chuffed to make a waitress cry. For someone who has gone through so much hardship in his life, I’m no longer inspired by you.
‘You are not a role model for anyone, you are a hateful human being. There’s my white tears.’
Aaminah Masauso said: ‘Have you ever worked as wait staff? Have you ever had to depend on gratuity to make ends meet? ‘How would you feel if it was a black waitress being subjected to such?’
Riaz Muhammed branded him ‘racist’ and said: ‘You will amount to nothing. Hypocrite.’
Yesterday, Mr Qwabe responded to his critics online by accusing the ‘white media’ of ‘going hysterical’.
He added: ‘One moment of white tears always makes news despite the everyday unarticulated black pain the dispossessed & landless masses of this country have to live through! WOW. Whiteness is so weak. Cute actually.’
Mr Qwabe, a South African masters student, was funded by a Rhodes scholarship during his undergraduate law degree at Keble College.
Last year, Oriel College said it would conduct a ‘listening exercise’ after he and other students campaigned for the Cecil Rhodes statue to come down.
Eventually the college refused their demand after donors threatened to withdraw funding over the reputational damage the row had caused.
Yesterday, the manager of the restaurant, Rush Alexander, confirmed the incident had taken place and said the waitress involved was ‘upset’. He added: ‘We were very surprised as everyone in Cape Town just gets along. It was racist and it was unjust. However, we don’t think we will take any further action.
‘It was just the words of one ignorant man.’
UK: This is what the Left doesn't understand about antisemitism on the Left
The problem with Thursday’s performance by former London Mayor Ken Livingstone — in which he insisted that Hitler was a Zionist and denied there was antisemitism in the Labour party — is that many people on the Left genuinely do not believe they are antisemitic, even though they hold opinions that effectively are just that.
The Left needs to get to grips with its antisemitism — which it currently brushes off by insisting that criticising Israel (or “anti-Zionism”) — is not the same thing as antisemitism.
The difficulty here is that this formulation, “anti-Zionism is not antisemitism,” is technically true but in practice has the opposite consequence.
The European Left has a disproportionate obsession with Israel: its default position is against Israel; its default sympathy is often with Israel’s declared enemies. This unbalanced focus on Israel is itself an example of antisemitism. There are dozens of brutal dictatorships to choose from. Saudi Arabia. Iran. Islamic State. Russia. China. Eritrea. North Korea. Cuba. Yet the Left expends extra time and resources on its critiques of Israel, which is a democracy.
That just isn’t fair, and that’s why it looks like antisemitism.
Then there is the Left’s lack of interest in the faults of the Arab and Muslim dictatorships who want Israel wiped off the map. This comes from the Left’s natural sympathy with the oppressed, and specifically the Palestinians. But the organisations that “represent” those oppressed peoples are often deeply conservative and have far worse policies than anything coming out of Israel. Both Hamas and Hezbollah, for instance, have called for the destruction of Israel. It has been in their official manifestoes and charters.
Who would sit down and talk to someone whose official position is the annihilation of an entire country?
Well … Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, for one. He gave this detailed set of answers to the Jewish Chronicle last year to address allegations of antisemitism in his politics. Specifically, he was asked, Why do you associate with Hamas and Hezbollah and refer to them as your “friends”? He answered:
The term ‘friends’ was used purely as diplomatic language in the context of dialogue, not an endorsement of a particular set of views. In the difficult quest of establishing a peace, it is common for the term “friend” to be used as part of the process. “Friend” in this case becomes a term of diplomacy as an aid to dialogue between disparate groups rather than a description of a relationship or an endorsement of a set of views.
Again, technically, nothing antisemitic there. Corbyn’s actual policy on Israel is to ban arms sales to the country. “Does questioning the behaviour of the Israeli state towards Palestinians lead to anti-Semitism? No, it mustn’t and shouldn’t,” he said just before he won the leadership.
That’s a variation on the “anti-Zionism is not antisemitism” theme.
And when you’re Jewish, you look at these things and ask, why is the Left failing to criticise “friends” who want to destroy an entire country, but insisting on sanctions against one of the few democracies in the Middle East?
This cognitive dissonance comes up time and time again:
No doubt Labour MP Naz Shah doesn’t literally hate Jewish people, she simply regarded herself as a critic of the Israeli government’s sometimes harsh policies in its occupied territories. But then she wrote a Facebook post that suggested Israel should be relocated to the US to end “foreign interference” in the Middle East, “Problem solved.”
No doubt NUS president Malia Bouattia doesn’t literally hate the Jews. But somehow she suggested that the Jews control the media.
No doubt Ken Livingstone doesn’t literally hate Jewish people, either. But he somehow managed to equate Hitler with the only country on the planet that Jews call home.
This stuff goes down to the party level. Here is a Labour activist who was suspended from the party because he wrote a Facebook post arguing that the Holocaust was somehow advantageous to the Jews. (“The Holocaust has been the most useful political tool of the Zionist government in Israel to establish a financial racket in the West, whereby Israel receives an unlimited sum for the duration of its existence,” he said.)
These incidents add up, and they have one thing in common: An unbalanced, disproportionate level of criticism against one small country, coupled with a complete lack of criticism of the many larger non-Jewish regimes who do far worse things. You don’t have to be a huge champion of Israel to realise that this just isn’t fair.
When you treat one group of people, or their country, differently than another, that’s discrimination. And that’s why the Left’s “anti-Zionism” so often functions effectively as the antisemitism it claims not to be.
False rape claims are common in Britain -- about one a month
A woman accused of perjury over allegations she falsely claimed she had been sexually assaulted appeared in court today. Jemma Beale, 24, allegedly committed perjury while giving evidence at a trial at Isleworth Crown Court in 2012.
She is charged with two counts of perjury in relation to saying that an act of sexual activity between her and a man - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was not consensual.
Beale faces a second perjury charge regarding a claim that she had never engaged in sexual activity with a male.
She is also charged with four counts of committing a series of acts with intent to pervert the course of justice between July 7 2012 and November 17 2013.
Beale, of Addlestone, Surrey, appeared at Southwark Crown Court wearing red cargo trousers, grey tracksuit top and black Nike trainers.
Monica Stevenson, defending, asked for today's scheduled plea and trial preparation hearing to be adjourned until May 4.
Judge Stephen Tomlinson granted Beale bail and said: 'You must be back to this court for this adjourned hearing on June 2. 'You must cooperate with your solicitors and legal team generally to the extent that they ask you to cooperate. 'It is very important that we make progress with this case so that we all know where we are going in relation to it.'
Beale has yet to enter pleas to two counts of perjury and four of intending to pervert the course of public justice. She will return to Southwark Crown Court on June 2.
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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