|Ashraf Islam |
a.k.a. Antonio Mandez
a.k.a. Mark Townley
A WHITE Muslim convert who planned to kidnap and murder Prince Harry is facing up to ten years in jail.
Ashraf Islam, formerly known as Mark Townley, was arrested just hours after Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder.
Police later found a laptop belonging to Islam showing internet searches for “kidnapping”, “guns” and “vans”.
His internet history also revealed he’d been on terrorist and firearms websites.
Two days after his arrest in London, Islam, born in Northern Ireland, was rushed through court in a sparsely-attended Saturday hearing where he admitted threatening to kill Harry, the third in line to the throne.
The charge – under section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 – is reserved for the most serious “threats to kill” cases and carries a maximum ten years imprisonment.
He was remanded in custody by Uxbridge magistrates, west London. Islam, 30, is believed to have become a Muslim following a recent spell in prison.read more