Mark Zahra has pleaded guilty to burgling a synagogue after being identified on CCTV by Stamford Hill Shomrim, a Jewish community volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.
Last week he was convicted at Thames Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 14 days in prison. He was also ordered to pay £115 to fund services for victims.
Mr Zahra has a previous conviction for an antisemitic hate crime, however since this burglary cannot said to be motivated by antisemitism with any certainty, we will not add this conviction to our log of prosecutions for antisemitism.
We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police Service for their vigilance.
Court Update: Prolific offender from #Hackney, Mark Zahra, pleaded GUILTY to burgling a Synagogue in #StamfordHill. Sentenced to 14 days imprisonment. Zahra was brought to justice after #Shomrim successfully identified him from CCTV pic.twitter.com/DTCZJeYBUH
— Shomrim (Stamford Hill) North and East London (@Shomrim) December 21, 2017