Sabir Hussain, 60, stood over the young boys as they sat on the floor and was secretly filmed kicking three in the back and repeatedly hitting one youngster forcefully with the back of his hand. The terrified boys, aged between 10 and 13, could be seen flinching from the teacher, who was giving classes for Muslim pupils in reading the Quran at the Markazi Jamia Mosque in West Yorkshire.
UK DAILY MAIL Hussain admitted four charges of assaulting boys in December last year and was yesterday jailed for ten weeks. (10 WEEKS? What the Hell kind of sentence is that?) Hussain, of Keighley, came to Britain in 1967 and spent nearly 40 years as a textile worker. He required an interpreter in court. (Like Hell he did)
Hussain was exposed by the Channel 4 documentary Dispatches, in its programme Lessons In Hatred And Violence, which was broadcast in February and included footage of him assaulting some of the 19 boys. Wearing traditional Islamic clothing, Hussain, at the time a voluntary teacher, can be seen walking around the class as the boys sat on the floor.
He is seen using considerable force to hit a child four times with the back of his hand as the boy cowers in fear. Another sequence shows him kicking a boy in the back and then slapping him on the head. Two other sections of video catch Hussain kicking boys in the back.
He was originally charged with ten counts of assault, but the prosecution accepted his four guilty pleas. Bradford magistrates were told the camera was recording in the mosque over a five-month period. District Judge Susan Bouch rejected pleas by his barrister to spare him a custodial sentence.
Shufqat Khan, defending, described him as a ‘pillar of the community’ known for being ‘firm but fair’. (As BNI cleans the Diet Pepsi she just spit all over the monitor)
But the judge, commenting on the victims, said: ‘They are small, vulnerable and they are young.’ She told Hussain: ‘It can clearly be seen on the footage that the children are flinching away from you.
‘That suggests clearly to me that the children were fearful. You are in a position of responsibility. This is a gross breach of trust. All of these factors make the offences so serious I can only pass a term of imprisonment.’ An application to release him on bail pending an appeal was rejected by the judge.