Sheffield bomb threat taxi driver jailed

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A SHEFFIELD taxi driver who sent an email to the English Defence League, saying its march in Bristol was going to be bombed, has been jailed for two years.

Sakander Mahmood, aged 26, of Firth Park, Sheffield, admitted sending the group a hoax message through its website.

But he told Sheffield Crown Court he never meant it to be taken seriously as a threat.

The father-of-five who was a self employed taxi driver in Sheffield denied communicating a hoax bomb threat with intent.

But he was found guilty by the jury at his second trial.

The court heard Mr Mahmood had sent a message which read: “14th July in Bristol, You are getting bombed.”

He told the jury he wanted “to get under their skin a bit” but thought the EDL would ignore his message.

When arrested, he told police he sent the message on 10 July last year ‘just for a laugh’.

At the first trial in January the jury failed to reach a verdict but last week he was jailed for two years by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court after being found guilty.

Today a family friend of Mahmood’s said he would be appealing the sentence.

Sadiqa Hussain, from Firth Park, said: “He is like a teddy bear who wouldn’t harm a fly and we cannot believe he got two years for sending an email.

“He has never had a criminal record before.

“He is a family man with five children and his wife is really struggling to cope.”