London, Feb 22 (ANI): Four Muslim men had brutally attacked a school teacher, slashing his face and leaving him with a fractured skull, in London for giving lessons to Muslim girls about other religions, a court here has heard.
Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with a Stanley knife, an iron rod and a block of cement, The Daily Mail reports.
Detectives had secretly recorded the gang's plot to attack Smith prior to the attacks in which they condemned Smith for "teaching other religions to our sisters", the Snaresbrook Crown Court has heard.
The teacher was reportedly targeted while he was walking down the Burdett Road alone in nearby Mile End on July 12 last year, the court was told.
"The evidence from what was said on the probe points overwhelmingly to a religious motive for this attack," Prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse, said.
Judge John Hand remanded the defendants in custody until sentence is delivered on a date that has not been scheduled so far. (ANI)