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Sentencing of associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary postponed

Published 11/11/2016

Michael Coe is facing a substantial jail term after knocking a schoolboy unconscious for cuddling his girlfriend
Michael Coe is facing a substantial jail term after knocking a schoolboy unconscious for cuddling his girlfriend

The sentencing of a known associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been postponed.

Michael Coe, 35, was due to be sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Friday.

He had been convicted in August of knocking a schoolboy unconscious because the married father of two took exception to the 16-year-old cuddling his teenage girlfriend in the street.

Coe, wearing a polo shirt and jogging bottoms, arrived in custody from Belmarsh prison for sentencing following the incident, in Newham, east London, in April.

But Judge Michael Gledhill QC agreed to delay the hearing until November 30 after a clerical mix-up meant reports were not ready.

He said he did so "with extreme reluctance".

Muslim convert Coe has a long record of violent offences starting when he was 16, including assaults, burglary, robbery and violent disorder.

He was radicalised in prison by al Qaida terrorist Dhiren Barot in 2007, while serving an eight-year term for firing a shotgun at police during an arrest.

Coe, since known as Mikaeel Ibrahim, has attended a number of extremist demonstrations, including protests over the banning of niqabs in France and the values of Sharia law.

He became a close associate of convicted hate preacher Choudary, founder of the banned organisation al-Muhajiroun, of which Coe was a member.

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