Individual from Manchester allowed his dog to bite Muslims in racist hate attack
Jakub Wendland, has been sent to prison after allowing his dogs attack and bite Muslims, this is after he appeared at Manchester Crown Court, he claims he isn’t a racist.
Wendland is a 32-year-old from Poland who has lived in the UK for four years, set his cross-breed bull terrier loose on a Muslim man and then a Woman later on that same day in the city centre.
The court heard Mr Rehman saw Wendland at the bus stop holding a bottle of beer with a dog on a lead.
Wendland is said to have asked Mr Rehman if he would open the bottle for him. Mr Rehman refused to do so and Wendland then became aggressive and called him a ‘Muslim Kurdi’.
Mr Rehman, 26, who is Pakistani British then attempted to walk away, but Wendland then set his dog loose on him and the dog proceeded to bit Mr Rehman numerous times, and Wendland also punched Mr Rehman, forcing him to seek assistance from a motorist.
This attack took place at around 10am on June 25. Wendland then ran off and got a bus into Manchester city centre, where he and his dog began following Sundus Mirza on Market Street at around 12.50pm.
Mirza attempted to get away but became traumatised when she couldn’t escape from Wendland and eventually called the police. She was said to have been ‘petrified’ by the incident.
The dog continued its pursuit, and Wendland shouted out, “You bite her. They kill people. So, go on, bite a Muslim.”
Wendland was then found in an intoxicated state by police and he is said to have spat on them as they tried to arrest him.
He worked as a forklift driver and has denied that he is a racist and his lawyer, Simon Blakebrough, said he wanted to apologise to his victims.
Blakebrough said “he does not consider himself a racist. He said to me that he has never been racist to anyone and can’t believe he behaved this way.”
Wandland was found guilty and has been jailed for two and a half years at Manchester Crown Court.
Judge Tony Cross QC said: “You are, in my judgement, quite clearly a racist.
“These were racist attacks, of that there is absolutely no doubt.
“This was a campaign of racism carried out over the course of two hours in two separate areas.”
TRAUMATISED: Awais Hussain says that taxi drivers often don’t report hate incidents to the police as it goes to the ‘bottom of the pile’
There has been an unprecedented spike in hate crimes with people receiving Islamophobic abuse following the Manchester Arena bombing and London Bridge attack, and taxi drivers are no exception.
Hard-working 29-year-old Bradford man, Awais Hussain, was bricked by hooded white teenagers whilst on his shift as he drove down Woodhouse Lane in Leeds on Friday 16th June.
With one brick flying in through the car window and hitting him in the face, others smashed his windscreen.
“The impact was so shocking I initially I thought I’d been shot. I looked down and all I could see was blood. It was everywhere,” says Awais reliving the harrowing experience.
“I was driving down the road with my window open and I heard a brick hit the front of my car but it hit the road and thought kids were messing about again.
“Two seconds later more stones were thrown and one made it through the window and hit me.
“I parked the car up, got out and fell to the floor. Someone walking by stopped and helped me to my feet. As I got up my head was in so much pain I got to my car and pressed the emergency button.”
Fortunately, a fellow taxi driver had seen the incident dialled the police, while a member of the public dialled for an Ambulance.
“I was at the LGI for about six-hours that night. The doctors glued and stitched my nose but I couldn’t get to sleep all night. I was in shock. I still am,” adds Awais.
Awais says the youngsters were in the area following the attack around 11pm that night, but police but officers were unable to make any arrests.
The shaken taxi driver says that incident could have been much worse had he swerved the car and hit pedestrians. He added that it could easily have been a more dire situation had he not slammed on his brakes.
Not only has the family man lost earnings with him being off work, his insurance company has refused to pay for damages to his vehicle.
“I go out every day to earn an honest living and provide for my wife and myself. No one expects to be unable to work for something like this.
“When people ring up the police with complaints, I believe it goes to the bottom of the list. Drivers have said the often don’t get an immediate response.
“Less people report an incident because they believe nothing will happen, so what’s the point?
“The only reason they were so quick with me was because I was actually injured.”
Awais had a final message for his attacker: “When you are out of school there are other ways to spend your time. It might seem fun but these actions are affecting lives and could cause serious injury to pedestrians and passengers in the taxi you’re attacking.”
Councillor calls for change
SOLIDAIRITY: Councillor Javaid Akhtar and local drivers stand together in support of Awais
Following Awais’s attack, Councillor Javaid Akhtar called for a meeting with West Yorkshire Police, the press, Leeds City Council and taxi drivers at Woodsley Road Community Centre in Hyde Park.
Cllr Akhtar says that an alarming number of taxi drivers are not reporting hate incidents to the police, either because they just have the work ethic of “get on with it” or for fear of seeming to be wasting valuable police time.
“To be attacked for doing your job should not be tolerated and that’s why I called the meeting,” says Cllr Akhtar.
Speaking to the Asian Express, he adds: “We are trying to encourage drivers to report every single incident, and that schools need to educate their young people to be more responsible.”
“Children in school need to be told how dangerous their seemingly ‘bit of fun’ could be.
“Throwing stones or bricks at a driving vehicle could have dire consequences.
“More often than not, cabbies are not reporting these crimes because they see no end result – they still have to fix their own vehicles regardless of what the damage and still need to get up and go out for work the next day because they need to earn a living.
“Unless we all collaborate, things will not change.”
West Yorkshire Police sergeant John McNiff said: “There have been arrests and they are usually school children, some even under the age of criminality.
“Ultimately we want to eradicate the issue but are best bet is to highlight ‘hot-spot’ areas.”
A number of drivers said they had been targeted by youth in Leeds throwing stones and provided a list of the most dangerous areas: Armley Ridge Road, Armley; Cockshott Lane, Armley; Easterly Road, Gipton and York Road and Halton Moor.