Teen must pay £1000 af­ter shul van­dal­ism

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A MUS­LIM teenager has been or­dered to pay a Jewish com­mu­nity com­pen­sa­tion af­ter he smashed its syn­a­gogue win­dows with a base­ball bat.

Ju­naid Javed must pay £1,000 to Ed­in­burgh He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion af­ter ad­mit­ting the at­tack had been mo­ti­vated by an­tisemitism.

But the con­gre­ga­tion’s Rabbi David Rose ex­pressed sur­prise that Javed had in­structed his lawyer to tell the court he had vis­ited the shul to apol­o­gise af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Rabbi Rose said he did not re­call meet­ing the teenager.

The 17-year-old, of Minto Street, Ed­in­burgh, was ar­rested on March 12 af­ter he broke eight panes of glass in the front win­dows of the Sal­is­bury Road shul.

Sher­iff Der­rick McIn­tyre said the win­dow smash­ing had been “dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour”.

Fol­low­ing Javed’s ap­pear­ance at Ed­in­burgh Sher­iff Court last Thurs­day, Rabbi Rose said: “I got let­ters from var­i­ous peo­ple and from the Mus­lim com­mu­nity but I did not meet the per­pe­tra­tor. He never came here.

“The in­ci­dent was kept quite quiet and the com­mu­nity re­acted calmly to it, but it was not very nice all the same.

“ I t hi g hl i g ht s t he more se­ri­ous is­sue of an­tisemitism in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity which needs to be ad­dressed. It is a prob­lem and I am very dis­turbed by some of the at­ti­tudes of Mus­lims in Ed­in­burgh, al­though we gen­er­ally have very good re­la­tions with their com­mu­nity.”

Mark Gard­ner, Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, said: “This was a very dis­turb­ing act of an­ti­semitic van­dal­ism and CST is broadly sat­is­fied that jus­tice has been seen to be done.

“We hope that the per­pe­tra­tor has in­deed learnt the stu­pid­ity of his ac­tions.”

A sec­ond man, Jhangir Khan, 22, was also charged with smash­ing the win­dows and car­ry­ing an of­fen­sive weapon, but at an ear­lier hear­ing in April he pleaded not guilty and the case against him was later dropped.

Com­ment­ing on the dropped case against Mr Khan, a Crown Of­fice spokesman said: “Pros­e­cu­tors have a duty to con­sider pleas of­fered by the de­fence and will ac­cept pleas that are con­sid­ered to be in the pub­lic in­ter­est, tak­ing into ac­count all of the facts and cir­cum­stances of the case and avail­able ev­i­dence.

“Pleas in this case were ac­cepted for ev­i­den­tial rea­sons.”

Af­ter the at­tack, neigh­bours ral­lied

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