A man who threatened to kill Prince Harry has been jailed for three years today.
Ashraf Islam, 31, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court after the judge said he posed a danger to the public, although added his plan to target the royal had been “vague and unlikely to succeed”.
In May 2013, Ashraf, who was born Mark David Townley and changed his name in 2010 after converting to Islamd, entered a police station in London saying he intended to kill the fourth-in-line the following day.
He said he felt he had a “moral right to judge” the Prince, a captain in the British Army because he did not agree with the actions of the military. Ashraf’s defence lawyer told the court he had a personality disorder.
A document was found on his computer that said: “Aim for target. No civilians to be injured.
“Dress code is the biker look. Use low-calibre pistol at close range. Not to be viewed as Islamist extremist.”
At today’s hearing, the judge Richard McGregor-Johnson said he had considered a longer sentence, however it would have been deemed “excessive”.
“I would have wished to consider an extended sentence,” he said. “But the authorities are clear, even if a court finds that the person does represent a danger to the public, that doesn’t justify a longer sentence.”