A man who prowled the streets looking for a Muslim to stab to become ‘a martyr for England’ has been jailed for over two years.
Mickey Sage, 24, armed himself with a 10 inch knife and went round Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell Green, south London, where he threatened people in the early hours of June 7.
He was arrested later that same night after reports of a man pulling out the weapon on two people and asking them if they were Muslim.
While being taken into police custody he told an officer ‘it was my knife and I was out to kill a Muslim’.
During the police interview he said he was looking for Muslims to stab, saying he would be “a martyr for England and stab an imam in the neck”.
Sage pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening a person with a knife an a public place, accepting the incident was religiously aggravated.
He was jailed for two years and three months at Inner London Crown Court.
DC Samuel Cafferty from Southwark CID said: ‘Sage set out with a large knife with the clear intention to find Muslims to stab. Hate crime like this has no place in any society.
‘Sage poses a very clear and present danger to members of the public, particularly the Muslim Community and I’m pleased that he now has plenty of time to consider his actions.
‘Members of public confronted by Sage were not harmed but shaken by their ordeal and managed to get away from what could have been a very different ending.’
Scotland Yard added: ‘We would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken and catch those responsible.’