Adelso Saws given suspended prison sentence after boy of 13 claims he made threat as he told him he would not buy poppy ‘because all you do is kill Muslims’
An Army cadet told a court how a man warned he would “get him shot by terrorists” for selling poppies in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
The 13-year-old boy claimed Adelso Saws walked up to him and told him he would not buy a poppy “because all you do is kill Muslims”.
Another cadet, who was 12 at the time, said the man told the pair: “All you do is kill people and you are going to get shot by the Taliban”.
Saws, 34, denied using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoking violence.
But a judge believed the youngsters and found Saws guilty and handed him a suspended sentence.
North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court was shown police interviews with both boys, conducted days after the incident on October 25.
In his, the first cadet was asked exactly what Saws said to him as he sold poppies in the town centre of Belper, Derbyshire.
He replied: “This man walked over to us and said ‘I am not buying a poppy, all you do is kill people, I am going to get you shot by terrorists. His girlfriend, who was with him, laughed, then they just walked off. I was offended by what was said.”
The court was told that Saws of Kilburn, Derbyshire, and his girlfriend walked off and the boys reported what had happened to a more senior cadet.
The senior cadet, who was 17 at the time, said he walked over to where Saws was sat in a car. He wound down the window.
“I said to him there must have been a misunderstanding and that the younger cadet seemed quite upset by what he had said,” the teenager told magistrates.
“He said ‘I don’t really care’ and then began telling me that I killed people. I replied that we don’t as we are only cadets and he started to go for the door handle. He said again that I killed people and that he was Muslim.Then the car drove off.”
Bill Taylor, prosecuting, asked the older cadet how he felt about what had happened.
He replied: “I was shocked, I was in disbelief really because I can’t think why anyone would do stuff like that.”
The court watched the police interview with the 12-year-old cadet. He said the wording of what Saws is alleged to have told him and his friend was slightly different to what the 13-year-old had told police.
The 12-year-old said: “The man walked past and said to us that he did not want to buy a poppy. He said he hates the army because they kill people and that he was going to get us shot by the Taliban.”
Giving evidence, Saws denied he had used the words “terrorist”, “Taliban” or “Muslim” to any of the cadets.
Following the guilty verdict, the court was told how he had previous convictions for robbery and violent disorder.
District Judge Andrew Davison handed him a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered that he pay £200 compensation to both the young cadets.
Saws was also told to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £300 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.
Judge Davison told Saws: “This was a disturbing and frightening offence towards two young army cadets who were innocently selling poppies.”
source : The Telegraph