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Muslim convert who refused to remove niqab in court jailed for witness intimidation

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A WOMAN has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to witness intimidation.

Rebekah Dawson, 22, formerly of Ferme Park Road, Haringey, was convicted of attempts to “frighten and intimidate” a security guard at Finsbury Park Mosque, in St Thomas’ Road, who was a potential witness in another case.

Dawson pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court on January 30 and was sentenced there yesterday.

She was arrested on June 26 last year, three days after her attempts to intimidate security guard Daudi Yusuf, and charged under the Criminal and Public Order Act 1994.

The Muslim convert hit the headlines when she refused to remove her niqab in court.

Instead, she had to remove it for a policewoman every day, who would then testify to the court that Dawson was the defendant.

Mr Yusuf was due to give evidence in a case against Dawson’s husband Royal Barnes, 23, who had attacked the security guard following a confrontation after three female tourists were allowed to tour the mosque without headscarves on June 10.

Barnes was convicted of that assault in December.

Dawson and Barnes received further prison terms last week when they were jailed for posting YouTube videos glorifying the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

The soldier was killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale close to his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, in May last year.

Barnes, of Hackney, was sentenced to five years and four months at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder.

And Dawson was jailed for 20 months after she admitted charges of disseminating a terrorist publication.

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