A 48-year-old alcoholic with a history of mental health issues threatened a fellow Charlton resident with a knife and threatened to “kill all Muslims”, days after Lee Rigby’s death.
John Killeen was staying in a hostel on Anchor and Hope Lane on May 26 when the incident happened, Woolwich Crown Court heard on September 25. At around 1pm, one resident heard loud banging and shouting. Mr Killeen was yelling: “Black c**t, you’re in a white man’s house. I’m going to kill all the Muslims.”
Killeen later returned with a 6in knife, saying “I’m going to kill you.” He managed to call the police and was unharmed.
Judge Anuja Dhir lambasted Killeen, who broke his bail condition straight after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault in July, to go to the nearest pub. She said it was a “sustained” attack, sentencing him to 26 weeks in custody.
But, because of the time he had already spent in jail, Killeen was released that day.