A man has been found guilty of launching a race rant at teaching staff after their school segregated two Muslim pupils for growing beards.
Liaqat, of Richmond Avenue, Accrington, was also abusive to police officers and parents at St Oswald’s primary school and ‘shoulder charged’ headteacher Jeff Brown. Liaqat was found guilty by the jury of five counts of religious or racially aggravated intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress and one count of common assault.
He was remanded into custody to appear for sentence at a date to be fixed.
Richard Archer, prosecuting, told the court that Liaqat ‘profoundly disagreed with the stance’ taken by Mount Carmel in October 2013.
He told the court: “Rather than expressing his right peacefully and moderately, he needlessly and unlawfully chose to express his opinions repeatedly over a period of time through foul language and through racist undertones with those connected with the school and at a police officer.”
Liaqat attended Mount Carmel on October 4 and was ‘swearing and saying the school was racist’ and ‘verbally abused’ the pastoral manager.
He returned on October 9 and was ‘abusive’ to the same person, telling her to cover her legs and head.
Mr Archer said: “This was taken by her as a reference to her being a non-Muslim and not being covered up in public in a way that a Muslim woman might be expected to.”
Liaqat then shouted at her from his car and when another staff member tried to take down his registration plate he called her a ‘white ****’.
When police arrested him at his home he called a female officer a ‘******* white *****’ and in custody said: “One teacher isn’t enough, you better get five teachers to speak against me.
Mr Archer said when interviewed by police, Liaqat claimed the school was ‘trying to turn Muslims Catholic’ but he denied using racist language towards the staff and police.
Mr Archer said while on bail Liaqat twice attended St Oswald’s school and told a teaching assistant and parents that they ‘let all the white kids out first’.
He said then ‘shoulder charged’ Mr Brown out of the way ‘with some force’ in the presence of pupils.