Who can forget how the media lapped up the Muslim who held a sign “I’m Muslim … do you trust me for a hug?” in Paris the day after the jihad massacre in France. He became a global sensation. Something tells me this Muslim won’t make as big a splash.
This Muslim was converted in prison, another critical hotbed of jihadism that is desperately in need of surveillance and reform.
Convert who protested outside Parliament over Syrian airstrikes with poster saying ‘I am a Muslim… do you trust me enough for a hug?’ now faces jail for threatening to bomb MP’s house
Muslim convert Craig Wallace, 23, admitted sending malicious messages
Wrote on Facebook that he would bomb Tory MP Charlotte Leslie’s house
Called her a ‘dirty pig-f****** w***’ day after she voted in favour of airstrikes
Court heard he has mental health issues but hadn’t been taking medication
By Richard Spillett and Keiligh Baker for MailOnline
A Muslim convert who protested outside Parliament with a sign saying ‘I am Muslim, do you trust me enough for a hug?’ is facing jail for threatening to bomb an MP’s house.
Craig Wallace used the sign as Stop The War protesters came to Westminster for the vote on military action in Syria last week.
It stated: ‘I am Muslim, I am labelled a terrorist, I trust you, do you trust me enough for a hug?’
But the 23-year-old, of Willesden Green, north London, is now facing a possible prison sentence after he threatened Tory MP Charlotte Leslie online following the vote.
Wallace, who calls himself Muhammad Mujahid Islam online, wrote on Facebook: ‘I’m going to smash her windows then drop a bomb on her house while she’s tucked up in bed. You dirty f****** pig-s******* s***.’
Shortly before he sent the messages he also posed for a series of pictures with strangers carrying a placard that read: ‘I am Muslim, I am labelled a terrorist, I trust you, do you trust me enough for a hug?’
On December 3, the day after MPs voted to authorise the air strikes, he wrote: ‘I’m going to find her and show her what it’s like to murder innocents. You dirty pig-f****** w****.’
He also described shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn as a ‘war criminal’ and a ‘terrorist’ the day after the Commons vote to bomb Syria.
His defence lawyer Abu Sayeed said Wallace had posted the messages after he had been out protesting against the Syrian bombing vote for ‘two or three days and had very little sleep and had not taken his medication.’
Wallace has a string of convictions for violent offences including possession of a knife.
He converted to Islam while in prison serving a sentence of almost five years for attempted robbery.
Three weeks after he was released he posted the messages on a thread of comments on the UK Truth Movement Facebook page.
Wallace today pleaded guilty to sending threatening communications at Hendon Magistrates’ Court.
Wearing a white traditional Islamic dress and a grey jumper slung over his shoulders, he spoke only to confirm his name and address before entering a guilty plea.
He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on December 30.
The court heard the messages came to light after Ms Leslie’s father saw the comments online and reported them to police.
Wallace claimed he was ‘venting his anger’ and had not had any sleep because he had been ‘protesting for two or three days’.
District Judge Mark Jabbitt said: ‘What’s absolutely clear is that your language and expressions about this MP Ms Leslie, who you have no knowledge of, went beyond any sort of legitimate comment or protest on an extremely serious issue.
‘What you did was personalised it and used really the most vile, insulting and threatening language imaginable on a forum.’
He ordered a full risk assessment report on Wallace and expressed concern that he was not being formally supervised after his release from prison.
Abu Sayeed, defending, said Wallace has mental health issues and had not been taking his anti-psychotic medication.
‘He has co-operated fully with the police and expressed remorse and regret,’ he added. ‘He made the comments to vent his anger.
‘Mr Wallace is a Muslim convert, he converted while serving his last sentence. He feels very passionately about the bombing in Syria and the vote recently taken in Parliament.
‘He had been out with other protesters and was protesting for two or three days and not had much sleep and hadn’t taken his medication.’
Wallace has never met Ms Leslie and thought the page was a ‘closed group’, Mr Sayeed said.
‘In the current climate people would have been fearful of his comments,’ he added.