We know that the Post is often a hotbed of reactionary shit. And we know that its awful politics attracts the kind of crayon scribblers and backward bastards who fill the Post’s letters page on a daily basis. But if you really want a glimpse at the ultimate lowlife scum who are attracted to the Post’s daily serving of reaction, check the commenters at the paper’s website.
The murder of 35-year-old Somali Mohamoud Hassan by 18-year-old April Bright in a pub in St Pauls after last year’s carnival is a pretty sad indictment of our society. The case hints at issues of inner city youth alienation, alcohol abuse, community tensions and issues around the alienation of immigrant communities.
Following Bright’s conviction and sentencing the Post ran this report about the dead man’s background.
The victim of St Paul’s murderer April Bright fled war-torn Somalia only to be knifed to death in the UK city where he hoped he would find salvation.
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Mohamoud Hassan was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in 1972.
He had six brothers and four sisters and his father had a grocer’s shop.
His cousin Mohamed Ige, 30, who lives in Manchester, recalled how the African state collapsed into tribal civil war in 1990 and times were hard.
Mr Ige said: “His whole family was struggling, including him. It was difficult, there was no law and order. His tribe was Ashraf and Mohamoud was kidnapped by a rival militia at the beginning of 2002.”
Mr Ige said Mohamoud, then aged 30, was made to work for the rival faction and, though he was shot attempting to escape, he eventually managed to make a break for it and returned home.
Mohamoud had started a family with his wife Sainab, and had two boys and a girl, but at the end of 2002 he left his native country in search of a better life.
Mr Ige said: “There was no peace in Somalia, killing was going on and he sought asylum elsewhere. He went to Kenya and then the UK.
“He first went to Manchester, where he spent a year going through the asylum application process.
“He was living with his cousin in Moss Side and learning English.”
He first went to Kenya, then Manchester, and in 2004 Mohamoud came to Bristol where he worked at a warehouse in Emersons Green.
Living with friends at a housing association home in St Werburgh’s, he liked it in Bristol because he saw it as a place of opportunity.
“He was a very sociable person,” Mr Ige said.
“He was a friend of everybody, he would chat with any person and he had a good sense of humour.
“People liked him. His English was poor but he was learning.”
Here are some of the comments in response by Post readers.
Beats being a pirate
I couldn’t care less. Seems like he would have done better to have stayed in his own country.
So he left his family behind in the war zone and went on his travels. nice. Should have gone somewhere safer but closer to home.
. . . What concerns me more is that there were numerous complaints that Somalians, including the victim, were at best out of hand, and showing little (if any) respect for women in the pubs in, and around St Pauls that evening. When I hear this and am forced to the judgement, based on a lifetime’s experience, that generally speaking the Somalian refugees are the rudest, most arrogant, ignorant and generally unpleasant immigrants that it has been my misfortune to meet. I speak to many people and I have only had one conversation with a polite, respectful Somalian here in Bristol. I am old enough to remember the first black faces on the London underground in the 1950’s, and 60’s. It would do the Somalian community a great service if they remembered that they are our guests, many including myself are pleased to welcome them here, and behave accordingly: It is not their country and everyone has the same rights, privileges and responsibilities.
Patrick, Bristol neither of them are true english. This theory different cultures can live together has failed all over the world.
Treat them as they would treat you if you were in Somalia. What that creature April Bright did was 100% out of order but please dont ask us to feel sorry for person looking for a better life, try the hundreds of countriys he flew over to get here, we are suckers
John, When in Rome
Perhaps Bristol should be left to the bristolians, great city, great people, ruined by outsiders
I’ve come to the conclusion that our society simply isn’t compatible with Somali society. What’s normal in Somalia is rude or at worst criminal here. We therefore should not take any more asylum seekers from Somalia. Also aren’t asylum seekers supposed to seek safe haven in the first friendly country they come across. How can you travel from Somalia to the UK without going through about a dozen ‘safe’ countries.
Did you know that TB has rapidly increased in Bristol due to the amount of people migrating into the city this is concentrated in Easton, St Pauls and approx 80% of known TB patients are somalian and a large amount of these entered britian knowing they had TB. Just one example of how the money is used…..
Why the hell should we keep bending over backwards for these people when all they are doing is upsetting the harmony and making our country worse than the one they left?
Its commonly known that Somalia is the most lawless and criminal country in the world (look at the neck of the Pirates there!) Lawrence Hill is now like Somalia they have a row of shops run by them for them! It is also common knowledge that there is no love lost between them and most Afro Caribbean’s either! They cannot come to this country and take it over with their hatred of women and rude and criminal ways! It is no wonder that people are becoming racist, this country is going down hill fast and any spare money there once may have been now provides for the vast amount of asylum seekers/immigrants etc. It was reported in a newspaper today that the Councils cannot cope with the drain on the services of these people………….so again we are left with hefty increases in council tax on their behalf……Charming! Coz you can bet your life that most of them dont even pay a penny of Council tax even though they are more than happy to accept everything going!
Kayse Maxamed, easton, you mention grief to a house hold, get real, thay are not BRISTOLIAN, just more bad crap, let um swing
Charming bunch, eh? What the fuck happened to the incitement laws?