A supporter of the far-right group Britain First who drove his van at a Muslim restaurant owner and later told police he wanted to ‘kill a Muslim’ will walk free after being sentenced to only 33 weeks, having spent most of that time on remand.
48-year-old Marek Zakrocki was accused of giving a Nazi salute and shouting ‘white power’ before driving his van towards the owner of the Spicy Night restaurant last year.
Zakrocki mounted the pavement two times as he tried to pin Kamal Ahmed against the restaurant windows.
Moments before attacking Mr Ahmad he had attacked an unknown Asian man and shouted “white power, white power”.
He was arrested at the scene by police, who found a Nazi coin in his pocket and later found Britain First flyers after a search of his home was conducted.
He told a police officer while in his van: “I’m going to kill a Muslim. I’m doing it for Britain. This is how I’m going to help the country. You people cannot do anything.”
The court had heard he had been heavily drinking leading up to the incidents and told his wife he wanted to kill people and then himself.
Denis Barry, prosecuting, said: “It’s plain that his conduct is very likely to have been motivated by his views about our diverse society.”
“Mr Zakrocki had plainly, during the course of that afternoon, had far too much to drink.
“During the course of that evening he assaulted his wife, drove off in his workvehicle, insulted a series of passers-by and then drove his vehicle at the owner of a curry house, breaking the window of the restaurant.
Zakrocki was originally accused of attempted murder and three racially aggravated offences but those charges were not pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service.
He pleaded guilty to two other charges of dangerous driving and beating his wife and was sentenced to 33 weeks on Friday but will be released having already spent that time on remand.
The judge told Zakrocki: “These events are the result of you having drunk up to two bottles of wine, which you knew would affect you seriously because of your chronic alcoholism.”
The Judge also pointed out the offences were committed around the time of the Finsbury Park mosque attack were a man drove a van at Muslims causing “heightened tensions.
But went on to say that Zakrocki was not a member of the far-right Britain First, although flyers and other literature were found at his home.
DC Georgina Acuna, the case officer, said: “I was expecting a slightly longer custodial sentence.