I find it hard to believe that it is possible for a man to take a knife from his kitchen and to stab another man to death, yet not be found guilty of murder. But this is modern Britain, and if the victim has abhorrent views, then it is almost justifiable homicide.
A Muslim man has been jailed for eight years for killing his neighbour, who was active in the BNP, following a long-running dispute.
What stands out in that sentence is of course that the victim was an active member of the BNP and his attacker was a Muslim.
Stafford Crown Court was told that Khan and his family had been subjected to “racial hostility” by his neighbours prior to the attack on July 6.
It doesn’t matter how much provocation there is, there is no excuse for murdering another man, except in self defence. Taking a knife from your own kitchen, heading out of your house and stabbing an unarmed man in the back is not self defence, yet amazingly Habib Khan got away with murder and was found not guilty. He received just six and a half years for manslaughter and eighteen months for wounding his victim’s teenage son.
The court heard that Khan, described as a “mild and calm-mannered family man”, had intended to use the knife to threaten Mr Brown, who had hold of one of his sons.
Mild and calm mannered family men do not normally grab a kitchen knife and stab their neighbours in the back. Which raises another point, how on earth do you threaten someone with a knife, if they cannot see it? The fact that Mr Brown was stabbed in the back probably means he never even saw the knife. Admittedly the point about him defending his son almost swayed me, but then I read that his son was 24, more than old enough to look after himself.
Another fact also pours cold water on the ‘mild and calm mannered’ claim is that the police had been called to 100 incidents between the feuding families, I doubt that this was entirely one sided.
In a separate incident, Mr Brown’s son, Ashley Barker, was wounded by a wheelbrace.
A separate incident, this time it was Habib Khan’s 27 year old son that had used a weapon to assault someone. A wheelbrace which Khan presumably brandished just as a visual threat, before actually using it to beat a teenager with.
There is clearly more to this story than the claims of racially abused victims, who acted in desperate self defence. With a long running neighbour feud like this, both sides are likely to be guilty of all sorts of sadistic and hateful acts, but I can’t help but feel that the Judge and the jury appear to have been swayed by the fact that Brown held views that most of us would find abhorrent.
This is of course compounded by the fact that his neighbour and murderer was a Muslim. For me, all this just clouds what is a simple issue. One man took a knife from his own kitchen and plunged it into back of his neighbour.
The handling of this case, by the police, the CPS and even the judge and jury has played right into the hands of the BNP. They are already hailing Keith Brown as the
“first nationalist victim of Islamic jihad against Great Britain”
And true to form are milking this for every bit of political mileage that they can get. The fact that it is clear that justice has not been served means that more people, especially in the BNP heartland of Stoke, are going to be flocking to their banner.