Tuesday 21 October 2014

Irish fanatic's plan to kill Britain's Prince Harry

Published 11/02/2014 | 07:22

Mark Townley

AN IRISH convert to Islam who pleaded guilty to plotting to kill Britain's Prince Harry has been handed a three-year prison sentence.

Ashraf Islam, a prison-yard convert to Islam formerly known as Mark Townley, turned himself in to police in London in May.

He said he planned to kill the British royal because he served in the nation's military and had "blood on his hands."

British police subsequently searched his computer and found Townley had researched Harry's travel schedule and found a document outlining a plan to shoot him using a small calibre pistol.

Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson called the plot "vague and unlikely to succeed" but said the electronic evidence showed Islam was serious about the plan.

"The examination of your computer revealed you conducted research on [Prince Harry's] whereabouts and intentions," the judge said. "You had given the matter considerable thought."

Islam, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was previously convicted in an attempted robbery and converted to the religion while serving a prison term.

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