Churchgoers thought man was ‘terrorist’

Tormented residents have told how a nuisance neighbour who walked into a church “dressed like a terrorist” on Remembrance Sunday and also plagued a woman by referring to murdered soldier Lee Rigby has made their lives a misery.

Mohammed Dar, 52, of Ley Gardens, Alfreton, is currently serving a 24-week jail term.

Chesterfield magistrates had heard how Dar had walked into the New Life Church, in Alfreton, wearing a headscarf and bandana inscribed with the words God is Great in Arabic.

He also stalked neighbour Louise Mountford and taunted her by stating Lee Rigby, who was murdered by Islamic extremists in London, had deserved to die, the court had been told.

Now Ley Gardens Residents’ Group spokesperson has told our reporter of its dealings with Dar.

He said: “His behaviour, extremist views and actions have seriously affected our quality of life, frightened elderly residents and our children.

“Whilst the police have now acknowledged that Mr Dar is a cause for concern, it is the residents of Ley Gardens who have lived with his unpredictable behaviour.”

The court heard how Dar shouted at the church congregation to “turn to Allah” and that “Islam sent boys aged ten to war”.

The defendant told the court he had gone to the Alfreton Remembrance parade before going to the church and slow-clapped to show his respect to Muslims who “had been slaughtered like pigs in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

Witness Cheryl Taylor-Warriner told the court: “He shouted: ‘This is rubbish, you should be preaching Allah, turn to Islam. We send boys of ten to war.’

“He was dressed like a terrorist. I thought he may have a gun or a bomb or some sort of weapon. I was so frightened.”

Dar told the court he had struggled to come to grips with conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He claimed to respect British soldiers but not those who died in wars he did not believe in.

Sergeant Jonathan Barnhill, of Derbyshire police, revealed Dar had told him before the incident he held suicide bombers in high regard. However, Dar apologised for his behaviour at the church.

Following a trial, magistrates found him guilty of two counts of using threatening behaviour after the Remembrance offences. Dar was jointly sentenced on June 20 after he was also found guilty of stalking neighbour Ms Mountford in 2013 after another trial and was made the subject of a restraining order.

He admitted to officers he made a comment about Lee Rigby during a mobile phone call as Ms Mountford walked by, which he apologised for.

Magistrates found Dar guilty of stalking her after police spotted him staring into her home twice. Dar was also jointly sentenced on June 20 for other matters of making an offensive communication and two counts of making a malicious comment.

The residents’ group wants a change in the law so anti-social home owners can be forced to sell up and leave neighbourhoods.