A Polish born Britain First supporter tried to drive his van into a Asian restaurant boss, just hours after telling police: “I’m going to kill a Muslim, I’m doing this for Britain.”
Marek Zakrocki, gave a Nazi salute and shouted “white power” as he drove at Kamal Ahmed, just days after the Finsbury Park terror attack in June.
The 48-year-old missed his target however but smashed into the window of the Spicy Nights restaurant in Harrow.
Just hours earlier Zakrocki had consumed two bottles of wine before getting into an argument with his wife and assaulting her at their nearby home.
He then armed himself with a knife and drove off telling his wife and daughter he was going to attack a mosque and hurt some Muslims.
When police managed to speak to him using his wife’s mobile phone, he told officers: “I’m going to kill a Muslim, I’m doing this for Britain. This is the way I will help the country, you people can’t do anything. I am going to do it my way because that is what I think is right.”
The Old Bailey heard how Zakrocki had used his van to block the road outside the restaurant on the evening of June 23, which was the anniversary of the Brexit vote.
He was challenged by Mr Ahmed’s brother after he began abusing a Somalian woman in the street.
Prosecutor Denis Barrie told the court : “The defendant went into the van. He then started the engine and mounted the pavement, twice making contact with the front of the restaurant. It’s clear he wasn’t driving all that fast.
“The prosecution case that is supported by everything else Mr Zakrocki had done during the course of the day is that he wasn’t only aiming at the restaurant, he was aiming at Mr Ahmed.”
The court was told that Zakrocki was only driving at around 5mph, and was thought to be attempting to pin Mr Ahmed against the restaurant window.
Because of the increased state of alert at the time, coming just days after the Finsbury Park attack, armed officers arrested Zakrocki in a “hard stop”.
Police later found a Nazi coin and the window fitter admitted donating money to the anti-Muslim, Britain First group, which was formed by members of the far-right, British National Party.
Zakrocki was initially charged with attempted murder, but those charges were dropped and he later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and attacking his wife.
Mr Barry said the defendant appeared to have a history of depressive illness and alcohol problems.
He told the court that Britain First, fwas anti-Muslim and held views that were regarded by most people as “very extreme indeed”.
Charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and having a knife in Northolt Road, Harrow, were ordered to lie on file.
Judge Anthony Leonard QC remanded the defendant into custody to be sentenced on January 12.
He ordered a report but warned he was considering a jail sentence.
DC Georgina Acuna, the investigating officer, said: “Zakrocki deliberately armed himself with a knife on Friday, 23 June and told both his family and officer that he intended to harm someone for their religious beliefs.
“This was a terrifying ordeal for the witnesses and victims. Zakrocki was almost three times over the drink-driving limit and it was through pure good-fortune that no one was injured during his rampage.
“Hate crime, in all its forms, will not be tolerated and offenders such as Zakrocki will be brought to justice.”