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Teenager in court over 'faith hate' attack on priest

PUBLISHED: 10:17 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

A TEENAGER was in court today (Wednesday), charged with religiously aggravated assault on Canon Michael Ainsworth at St George-in-the-East Church in London's East End. He was 19-year-old Babul Islam, a grocery assistant from Barnardo-street in Stepney

A TEENAGER was in court today (Wednesday), charged with religiously aggravated assault on Canon Michael Ainsworth at St George-in-the-East Church in London's East End.

He was 19-year-old Babul Islam, a grocery assistant from Barnardo-street in Stepney.

Islam is accused of religiously aggravated ABH in the church grounds at Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, on March 5, and appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates' Court.

He was arrested in the Whitechapel area yesterday (Tues), in connection with the investigation, then charged.

Another19-year-old was arrested last week in connection with the incident and later bailed to return to a police station on April 9, pending further enquiries.

It follows an incident when officers were called to St George's at 7pm on March 5 when 57-year-old Canon Ainsworth, a father-of-four, was found with cuts, bruises and two black eyes. He was treated in hospital and later discharged.


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