Muslim convert ‘jumped out of his car to knock out a schoolboy’
- Michael Coe, 35, was driving when he spotted 16-year-olds cuddling
- Allegedly confronted pair, demanding to know if they were Muslims
- Coe grabbed the boy by throat, causing him to black out, court is told
- On trial accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery
A Muslim ‘bully’ grabbed a schoolboy by the throat and threw him to the ground because he saw him hugging a girl in the street, a court heard today.
Michael Coe, 35, was driving through Newham in East London when he spotted the two 16-year-olds cuddling on the pavement, it is claimed.
He allegedly confronted the pair, demanding to know if they were Muslims, before calling the girl a ‘whore’.
Coe was said to have grabbed the boy by the throat, causing him to black out, before he woke up bleeding on the floor.
When passing schoolteacher Boutho Siwela tried to come to the couple’s aid, Coe then allegedly attacked him.
Coe is on trial at Southwark Crown Court accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery.
Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay described the attack as ‘completely unjustifiable’.
He told the jury: ‘This case is about what started as unpleasant bullying with religious overtones in the street, followed by an attack by this 35-year-old man on a 16-year-old schoolboy.
‘This was followed by a further assault on a schoolteacher, a nearby bystander, who came to his aid when he saw what was going on.
‘The victim was, and is, a schoolboy and, in the early evening, he was there with his girlfriend standing on the pavement in the street, cuddling each other in the street.
‘They had the misfortune that, of all the people to drive by, it was this defendant who was driving by in a car.’
Coe allegedly demanded to know if the teenagers were Muslim and when they lied and said that they were
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