A man has been jailed for over two years after he went round a London area looking for Muslims so that he could stab them.
Mickey Sage, 24, armed himself with a 10-ins knife and went round Camberwell Green where he threatened people in the early hours of June 7.
Police were first called to Camberwell Green Court after threatening people at 1.43am. Less than 10 minutes later they were called again to Camberwell Green junction with Camberwell Church Street after reports of a man pulling a knife on people and asking if they were Muslim. While being taken into police custody he told an officer ‘it was my knife and I was out to kill a Muslim’. He then made a number of Islamophobic comments and once at the police station he admitted that he was out to find a Muslim to stab them. He said that he ‘would be a martyr for England and stab an imam in the neck.’
Sage pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening a person with a knife an a public place, accepting the incident was religiously aggravated. He was jailed for two years and three months at Inner London Crown Court. DC Samuel Cafferty from Southwark CID said: ‘Sage set out with a large knife with the clear intention to find Muslims to stab. Hate crime like this has no place in any society.
‘Sage poses a very clear and present danger to members of the public, particularly the Muslim Community and I’m pleased that he now has plenty of time to consider his actions. ‘Members of public confronted by Sage were not harmed but shaken by their ordeal and managed to get away from what could have been a very different ending.’ Scotland Yard added:
‘We would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken and catch those responsible.’ Hate crime can be reported through 999 in an emergency, by dialling 101 in a non-emergency, directly at a police station, through the MOPAC Hate Crime app or through community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA, Galop, or the CST.