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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Can a Devout Muslim Be a Rapist?

No, that's not a trick question.

This story concerns an argument between two rapists which got out of hand in HMP Acklington. Andrew Dawson annoyed the man in the next cell with his tendency to feed the seagulls from his cell window.

This man was Karim Munde, and to get his own back on Dawson he naturally gathered two other black inmates and they beat him up in the showers.

Munde then made the rest of Dawson's sentence a misery, allegedly subjecting him to a prolonged campaign of bullying, described as 'relentless'.

In response, Dawson chose the moment he was being released to toss a tobacco pouch containing his own excrement and two racist letters into Munde's cell.

This landed him in court, and he now has to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £70 costs.

I'm more interested in how the stories describe Munde. In the first story, he is a 'black Irishman originally from Sierra Leone, also a practising Muslim'.

In the second story, he becomes a devout Muslim.

Now, if a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu committed rape, would you refer to him as 'devout'? Devout implies living a certain kind of life due to one's religious beliefs, not violently attacking innocent women.

There is another very disturbing aspect to this; namely, a white prisoner can receive a beating and relentless abuse from a group of black inmates without comment or action from the authorities; as soon as the white prisoner retaliates, albeit in a ridiculously infantile way, he has the book thrown at him.

Here is an extract from the story:
Prosecutor James Long said: "The victim in this case was a black Irishman, originally from Sierra Leone, who is also a Muslim, and is serving a sentence for rape.

"The only knowledge he has of the defendant is that he is the man who feeds the birds out of his window.

"As the defendant was being escorted, a prison officer saw him throw something into the cell of the victim, which turned out to be a white envelope and a tobacco pouch.

"Inside the envelope were two pages of A4 – it would be kind to refer to it as a letter – of largely racist abuse. There were many derogatory, insulting and obscene references to the victim being a black African person."

Mr Long added: "The pouch did not contain tobacco – it in fact contained excrement. When the victim opened it, he describes feeling physically sick."

Quizzed about the package, Dawson made a full admission but denied being a racist, saying it was revenge for the treatment he had received at the hands of the victim and his cohorts whilst serving his sentence.

Defending, Richard Scott said Dawson had been 'relentlessly bullied' over claims that he had fed seagulls at his window, which had disturbed other prisoners with their constant noise.

"He says he was not responsible, but he was accused of being the 'bird man of Acklington'," he said. "These people made it their business to make his life as difficult as possible, and he was also assaulted in the showers by the victim.

"It was against this background that he wrote this nonsense. In a tin-pot way he was trying to get his own back. It was infantile."
The fact that the 'victim' is not some innocent lamb but a violent rapist is barely mentioned - and frankly the whole thing makes me feel physically sick.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes he can too many evil people hide behind faith. Use it as cover up?

Anonymous said...

Let me start off by saying i personally know Karim Munde for decades and that in NO way is he a violent person or dissregard any womans right to say NO to intercoure, the whole story is untrue and that girl only came about making up those alligations as she was told of the money that "victims" recieve if he was found guilty as her former boyfriend was in money difficulty and she wanted to start the relationship again and in a sick way desided to come up with this story, when she realised the severity of it was too scared to withdraw her statement for fear of herself being arrested!!!!. I myself am female and know Karim better than anyone and disgusted by how his charactor has been portrayed, he is a gentle man, loving father, and broken by what has happened, he did by no means arrange any assault in the showers, he is classed as a low risk and has kept his head down during his time and would never jeopardize his sentence. To all those journalists etc. out there passing nasty comments, have you thought about his family who may read these lies, Because of these false alligations he has missed birthdays, christmas', first days of schools, school plays, first tooth falling out, fathers days, summer holidays, deaths and family. Evil is the last word i would ever use to describe him, have you been in prison? have you not ever looked to a higher being in your time of need? do you think you are that strong that you wouldnt turn to your faith in your hour of need????Trust me he would never hide behind his faith, his faith was what lifted him up to keep him going and gave him the strength to try clear his name, but justice will one day be served, and i hope that money she got wasnt wasted on a new waredrobe of that trip she wanted

Anonymous said...

I would be very interested to know who you are as I am also a friend of Karim's.

Anonymous said...

Can you reveal who you are pls?what is your view on the matter, or are you a so called "friend" that posted the previous comments?

lindsay said...

I do not want my name showing on a blog thank you. I did not post anything before that no. I have stood by Karim whist in prison, even went to visit him but he told me he wasn't in touch with any other 'friends'. That is why I was curious as to who you were?

lindsay said...

I do not want my name showing on a blog thank you. I did not post anything before that no. I have stood by Karim whist in prison, even went to visit him but he told me he wasn't in touch with any other 'friends'. That is why I was curious as to who you were?

Anonymous said...

are u the same Lindsey that lived near him?? 2 kids

Anonymous said...

Yes! I also realise who you are too!! Stupid of me not to really - sorry!

Anonymous said...

i need to speak with you asap, get in contact with me, ur old number i have no longer in use

Anonymous said...

Call me at work on 01253 624505 ext 213 between 9.30-2.30, mon-thurs.

Anonymous said...

or email me linzhol@googlemail.com

Anonymous said...

It is very important I speak to you (who has written the longer comment) if you're who I think you are? Please e_mail me on rkay13@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Have sent an email to that address but heard nothing back, email mirakmirak10@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thought you said it was important, its been weeks now and heard nothing from you!

Anonymous said...

have just sent e mail to address you gave, havent received anything from you hence no reply. it is urgent that i hear from you please

Anonymous said...

i have replied to your email