Geoffrey Ryan jailed 21 August 2013A man armed with a knife who threw a smoke device into an Islamic centre in Essex has been jailed for nine months.
Geoffrey Ryan, 43, turned up at Al Falah prayer centre in Braintree on 22 May, about five hours after soldier Lee Rigby's death in Woolwich.
Ryan, of Brick Kiln Way, Braintree, admitted affray and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon at Chelmsford Crown Court.No one was hurt in the attack in Silks Way.
"Ryan's imprisonment should serve as a warning to others who intend to cause fear and unrest in the community for their own agendas, whether personal or not.
‘I have ruled that nothing said by the first defendant and … his evidence – in short he was a soldier of Allah and was justified in doing what he did – amounts in law to a defence to this count.'
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