Telegraph (London), May 24, 2011
Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, discussed the plan to ambush Gary Smith outside his school nearly a month before attacking him in the street.
A bug, which could have been put in Akmol’s car by the security services, captures the gang discussing the plot, then praising Allah as they drive from the scene of the attack. Excerpts of the recording played in Snaresbrook Crown Court disclose Hussein setting out the plan to ambush Mr Smith, the head of religious education at Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow, east London.
Hussein says: “This is the dog we want to hit, to strike, to kill.
“He’s mocking Islam and he’s putting doubts in people’s minds, How can somebody take a job to teach Islam when they’re not even a Muslim?”
Sarah Whitehouse, prosecuting, said Mr Smith taught a “wide variety of topics such as abortion, euthanasia and the role of women”. Mr Smith was ambushed by the gang shortly after 8am as he walked to the school from nearby Mile End on July 12 last year. Miss Whitehouse said: “He was targeted as the victim of this attack simply because of his position as head of religious studies at the school.”
The court heard that moments before the gang attacked Mr Smith, Hussein can be heard saying: “Does everyone remember the drill? One time, bang, bang, bang, bang.” The recording is then silent for 10 minutes while the attack takes place.
Miss Whitehouse said Mr Smith was kicked and hit in the stomach, on the head and in the face.
“He was smashed with a brick of some sort and a rod,” she said. “He pleaded with his attackers not to kick him.”
During the attack Mr Smith, 37, was slashed from the corner of his mouth to his right ear and he suffered a fractured skull and shattered jaw.
In a second series of excerpts played to the court, the four attackers can be heard boasting about the attack.
Miss Whitehouse said: “They rejoice and praise Allah for the successful execution of their plan.”
The bug was not found in the car until Aug 18 last year.
The court was told that a fifth man, Badruzzuha Uddin, 23, a mechanic, hid bloodstained clothing at the garage where he worked. Miss Whitehouse said: “The blood on the clothes was that of Gary Smith.” DNA testing found that the clothes belonged to Hussein and Alam. Traces of Mr Smith’s blood were found in the car.
The five men were arrested in July and either refused to comment or denied being involved.
All five were arrested again in August after some of the material recorded in Hussein’s car was transcribed. Hussein, of Bethnal Green, Rashid, of Shadwell, Hussain, of Wapping, and Alam, of Whitechapel, all from east London, have all admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Uddin, of Shadwell, admitted assisting an offender.
The court was told that Hussein. a devout Muslim, had a previous conviction for drink-driving.
Despite his horrific injuries, Mr Smith, of Chingford, east London, has pledged to return to teaching. He needed three operations to repair his face and was in hospital for 10 days.
His mother, Heather, who stayed at his bedside every day, said: “His injuries were so bad I didn’t recognise him.”