From the London Evening Standard. His association with Choudary is now public, as is his criminal record.
A close associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary who beat up a schoolboy for cuddling his girlfriend in a Muslim Patrol-style street attack is facing jail today. Details from the beginning of the trial here.
Judge Michael Gledhill QC said Coe was acting as a “self-appointed enforcer” of his Islamic values, and he had been involved in a “strikingly similar” incident in 2013. The judge added that Coe “poses a very high risk of committing further offences of violence” when free from prison, and will consider a lengthy prison term when sentencing Coe. He later claimed the attack was in self defence, but jurors rejected the hulking 16-and-a-half stone Muslim’s story.
Coe has been in and out of prison since he was a teenager, including an eight-year sentence in 2006 for possession of a shotgun and trying to shot at police officers.
While behind bars, he was converted to Islam by al Qaeda terrorist Dhiren Barot and adopted the name Mikael Ibrahim. Following his release, Coe became associated with hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s now notorious extremist group Al-Muhajiroun. The incident has echoes of the notorious Muslim Patrols by Choudary associates Jordan Horner, Ricardo McFarlane, and Royal Barnes. He has been photographed at a extremist demonstrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, against the banning of niqabs in France, and in support of Sharia Law, Southwark crown court heard. I think I caught him at that demonstration – the picture halfway down above the caption “the women and children were kept in the middle.” I knew I knew his face.
Coe stood trial at the Old Bailey last June accused of trying to join ISIS, having been caught in the back of a lorry in Dover on its way out of the UK. He was cleared of the charge but received a 15-month prison sentence for possessing false identity documents.
The court heard he had convictions for wounding, burglary, assault, and possession of drugs as a youth. He was locked up for four years in 2001 for car jacking and received a 21-month sentence in 2002 for violent disorder. Coe received the eight-year sentence in 2006 at Leeds crown court, and was fined £160 for the religiously aggravated haranguing in the street in 2013
Judge Michael Gledhill QC remanded Coe, of Devenish Road, Greenwich, in custody until sentencing on September 21, ordering a report on his “dangerousness”.