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'Muslim Patrol' Trio Sentenced


Three members of an East London gang who called themselves 'The Muslim Patrol' have been sentenced today at the Old Bailey.

Jordan Horner pleaded guilty to two counts of actual bodily harm and two counts of threatening behaviour at a hearing in October. He and a second man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also pleaded guilty to two offences under section 4 of the Public Order Act. A third man, Ricardo Macfarlane, pleaded guilty to one count of affray at a hearing on 21 November.

The charges related to several incidents in the East London area during December 2012 and January 2013 in which the defendants threatened members of the public.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: "These men routinely threatened and intimidated innocent members of the public whom they perceived to be behaving in an 'un-Islamic' manner. They would roam the streets, seeking out victims whom they could target, and chanting threats to 'kill the non-believers'.

"On the nights in question they confronted and aggressively intimidated a couple who were holding hands in the street,  a group of friends who were drinking alcohol, and a girl whom they deemed to be dressed provocatively. The third of these incidents was filmed by the gang and posted on YouTube, causing considerable extra distress to the victim.

"The behaviour of these victims, unlike that of the defendants, was entirely normal and utterly inoffensive to civilised society. The bullying behaviour of this group will not be tolerated in our city."


  • Ricardo Macfarlane: 12 months' imprisonment
  • Jordan Horner: 68 weeks' imprisonment
  • Unnamed Male: 24 weeks' imprisonment


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