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Man filmed blaming woman for Manchester attack pleads guilty

24th Nov 2017

David Blagburn filmed by his victim Shahina Patel (Photo: Twitter)

Harun Nasrullah

A drunken man who blamed a Muslim woman for the Manchester terror attack in a vile Islamophobic tirade on a train has pleaded guilty to racist abuse after appearing in Salford Magistrates’ Court on November 9.

David Blagburn, 47, from Barrow-in-Furness, told Shahina Patel on June 14, “It was your family who made it happen” during the rant on a train between Lancaster and Manchester.

The 32-year-old, from Manchester, began filming the incident on her mobile phone at 2.30pm and posted it online times. Blagburn was identified from the video and charged with one count of racially aggravated harassment and a public order offence.

Patel hit back after the Blagburn blamed her for the suicide bomb strike on Manchester Arena the month before, in which 22 people died.

After he blamed her family for the atrocity, Patel replied: “Do you know who my family are? You don’t know anything about me.” He says in the video: “I’m not against Muslims, I’m against extremist people.

In a second video, another passenger on the train confronts Blagburn to complain about what he was saying. That passenger tells him: “I don’t want that lady to feel uncomfortable on this train because she has done nothing wrong at all.”

Shortly after the incident Patel uploaded the video to Twitter and wrote: “This happened today 1427 LAN to MAN @TPExpressTrains. If you see stuff like this speak up even if you’re not directly addressed.”

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