Ramadan fasting makes committing crimes understandable?
Within the Islamic religion is a period of time during the ninth month known as Ramadan where Muslims practice fasting. Recently a Muslim man took the van he was driving up on to the pavement of a sidewalk and plowed through a group of men he claims were being racially abusive. During his trial the defense was that he was not acting in a normal manner because he had been fasting for 20 days and the Judge agreed! I guess that means anyone with anorexia has a good excuse for the sudden urge to try and severely harm people with their vehicle.
A judge at Leicester Crown Court praised a van driver who deliberately mounted a pavement and ran down five men during Ramadan as “a good family man” who was behaving “completely out of character”.
According to a report in the Daily Mirror newspaper, 26-year-old Lugman Aslam, of Warren View, Leicester, had gotten into a physical altercation with the men after backing his van into one of them, during which he alleged he was racially abused.
“You accept your intention, driving at them, was to cause serious injury and that’s what makes this case so serious.
“The motivation was driving at them to get your revenge, to get your own back from the fact they’d assaulted you.”
However, the judge then went on to say that he accepted the potentially deadly attack “was completely out of character” for the perpetrator, whom he praised as “a good family man” with glowing references.
“You’re of very positive good previous character and I’ve received a considerable number of references setting out all the good that is in you,” he said.
Nadeem Aullybocus, defending, explained that Aslam “was fasting [for Ramadan] on that day and had been doing so for about 20 days” when he carried out the attack.