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Uber driver shouted ‘kill all the Jews’ at school bus driver in Stamford Hill

14:07 04 March 2016

Orthodox Jewish men in Stamford Hill (Picture: dcaseyphoto/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY 2.0)

Orthodox Jewish men in Stamford Hill (Picture: dcaseyphoto/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY 2.0)

dcaseyphoto/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY 2.0

An Uber driver yelled anti-Semitic slurs at an Orthodox Jewish man behind the wheel of a school bus in Stamford Hill.

Rashal Miah, 36, shouted he would “kill all the Jews” after a fit of road rage in September 2014, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told today.

After getting stuck in traffic, Miah got out of his Mercedes and remonstrated with the driver in front of a bus full of young children.

He asked the driver: “What right do you have to tell me what to do in this country?”

And he referred to the man as “Yehudi” – meaning Jew in Hebrew.

Miah was today handed a 28-week sentence suspended for one year after last month being found guilty of racially aggravated harassment.

Sentencing Miah, of Gladesmore Road, Tottenham, judge Murray Shanks said his “horrible” language in front of the children and other members of the orthodox community in Stamford Hill had led to his conviction.

“I accept this was mainly driven by you being wrongly angry and suffering from road rage, as well as being arrogant about what you were entitled to do on the road,” he said.

“I hope it doesn’t indicate some underlying prejudice. If this was the other way round and Muslims were being insulted I have a good feeling you would feel strongly. You need to understand that before you open your mouth.”

Mitigating for Miah at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Clare Leslie said he recognised the seriousness of the offence and didn’t hold any underlying racist beliefs.

She said his jobs as a private chauffeur and self-employed Uber driver were at risk and pleaded with judge Shanks to spare him jail because he was the main provider for his wife, parents and six-year-old child.

Miah was handed a suspended sentence of 26 weeks for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke violence, and two weeks for arriving late to court during his trial.

He must attend 15 days of anger management sessions and do 100 hours of community service.

He has also been billed £900 for prosecution costs and must pay an £80 surcharge.

Uber London general manager Tom Elvidge told the Gazette Miah had been banned from driving for the company.

He said: “Uber does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and we were appalled to hear about this incident. Following our own investigations and the conviction, we have taken the decision to stop this licensed private hire driver from using the Uber app.”

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