Poplar man claims he is racist serial killer after choking dog walker for 2 minutes

By Staff

An East London man who put a dog walker in a two-minute headlock and claimed he was a racist serial killer has walked free. Martin Hansen told his victim Muhammad Hussain ‘I have killed many of you brownies – it will mean nothing to me’. He choked him for two minutes because he was ‘triggered’ by Mr Hussain’s dog running loose at a park in Poplar on March 19 last year.

The 44-year-old of nearby Stainsby Road – who claimed to have been traumatised by the death of his own dog – grabbed Mr Hussain by the neck and dragged him to the ground, then put him in a headlock for around two minutes in Bartlett Park, Thames Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday, March 18. Mr Hussain later told police he ‘struggled to breath properly’ as he tried to fight Hansen off.

After police arrived and moved both men on, Hansen returned to the park and told Mr Hussain ‘I have killed many of you brown people. I’ve killed many of you brownies. It will mean nothing to me’. After putting Mr Hussain in another headlock, Hansen said ‘All you brown people are going to go’.

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Three months later on June 14, Hansen saw Mr Hussain with his dog off the lead again and told him ‘Your dog on the lead or else’. Then 10 days later on June 24, Hansen made a ‘threatening’ gesture to Mr Hussain then pointed at him and said ‘let’s go’. Mr Hussain said the incidents had ‘traumatised’ him and caused him ‘a great amount of distress’.

Hansen was arrested and charged with racially aggravated assault for the headlock attack, and two counts of threatening words and behaviour in relation to the later incidents. Hansen pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates’ Court on January 29 this year.

‘Unpleasant and nasty’

The magistrate said the comments were ‘very very unpleasant’, but did not consider it a ‘high level’ of racial aggravation. Defence counsel for Hansen explained her client was in treatment for alcohol addiction, and that he had been ‘triggered’ after the death of his own pet who was killed by a dog off its lead.

“While I understand there’s a background with your dog being killed with another animal off the leash and that may have triggered your behaviour, that is no excuse,” said the magistrate.

“The assault was unpleasant and nasty and involved a persistent course of action on your part. And then thereafter there was some racial abuse about killing brown people. Then twice after you saw the victim and threatened him.”

Hansen was given a 12-month community order with instructions to attend his probation appointments and has been excluded from Bartlett Park for six months. If he breaks the terms of the order he could end up in prison.

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