Prince Harry arrives at a London news conference last month
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A British Muslim convert who told police he wanted to
kill Prince Harry has been jailed for three years after
pleading guilty to threatening murder, police said.
Ashraf Islam, 31, was told by the judge who sentenced him at
Isleworth Crown Court that his plan had been "vague and
unlikely to succeed", but he nevertheless posed a danger to
the public, according to reports in British media.
Police said Islam, who was born Mark David Townley and
changed his name around 2010 after converting to Islam, had
entered a police station in west London on May 23, 2013, and
said he intended to kill Prince Harry the following day.
Police searched the hotel room, where he had just checked in
after flying into London from Thailand, and seized his
laptop. They found no weapon. Islam, originally from Belfast
in Northern Ireland, had no fixed abode at the time.
Media reported that Islam had said he felt he had a "moral
right to judge" Prince Harry, a captain in the British army,
because he disagreed with the actions of the military.
Prince Harry, grandson to Queen Elizabeth and fourth in line
to the throne, has carried out two tours of duty in
Afghanistan, the most recent as an attack helicopter pilot.
Islam's defence lawyer told the court he had a personality
disorder, according to media reports.
Islam made the threat on the day after soldier Lee Rigby was
murdered in broad daylight by two British Muslim converts on
a busy street in southeast London close to an army barracks.
News of the killing and its aftermath dominated British media
headlines for days. The killers, Michael Adebolajo and
Michael Adebowale, were convicted of murder on Dec. 19 and
will be sentenced on Feb. 20.