Aftab Ahmed sentence for UKIP beheading threat quashed

Image source, PA
Image caption, Aftab Ahmed, whose sentence has been quashed, had denied making threats to kill

A businessman sentenced for threatening to behead a UKIP election candidate in Newcastle has won his appeal.

Aftab Ahmed, 45, was found guilty of making threats to kill and given a community order, but his conviction and sentence have now been quashed.

Newcastle magistrates heard he called David Robinson-Young in April last year after receiving a UKIP leaflet at home.

But a Newcastle Crown Court judge allowed the appeal, saying the comments had not been definitely intended.

Mr Ahmed, of Winchcombe Place, Newcastle, had been handed a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

Image caption, David Robinson-Young was standing for Newcastle East

Mr Robinson-Young, 62, was standing for the constituency of Newcastle East in last year's general election.

More on this story

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.