Muslim slurs man faces jail

A Midland accountant who accused a teenage Muslim student in full traditional dress of being a terrorist has been warned he faces a prison sentence. Brian Frisby, described as a pillar of the community, also told the 17-year-old girl she should “go home” and that she should dress like an English woman, a jury heard.

Frisby (59) behaved “wholly inappropriately” when he saw the science student in the street and he carried out a course of conduct based on her attire and religion, the jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Frisby, of Oak Crescent, Tividale, denied religiously aggravated harrassment but was found guilty at the end a two day trial. The five-man, seven-woman jury, retired for just under three hours before returning a unanimous verdict.

Recorder Peter Carr ruled that, even having regard for his age and good character, it was a serious offence and time behind bars had to be considered. He remanded Frisby on bail until next month for a pre-sentence report.

Mr John Evans, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court, Frisby had clearly displayed prejudice towards the young student who was now 18, and his behaviour was “bullying and cowardly”.

Birmingham Mail, 25 September 2007