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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Phone beheading man found guilty
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Younis had downloaded the video footage from the internet
A man has been convicted of showing video footage of a hostage beheading in Iraq to a woman on his mobile phone.

The District Court in Glasgow heard Subhaan Younis, 23, showed hotel worker Charlotte McClay graphic images of a man having his head sawn off.

Younis, of Baliol Street in the city, was found guilty of committing a breach of the peace by showing explicit video images of the murder.

Sentence on Younis was deferred for background reports.

Ms McClay told the court: "He told me that it would give me nightmares."

This woman would not expect you to show her such graphic and abhorrent images
Euan Edment
Stipendiary magistrate

She said they had been having a light-hearted conversation at the Moathouse Hotel in Glasgow in September last year.

She said: "Not for a minute did I expect to see anything like that. It shocked me."

Stipendiary magistrate Euan Edment told Younis: "This woman would not expect you to show her such graphic and abhorrent images.

"This is not the sort of thing you expect to come across in your day-to-day life."

'Disturbing scene'

In evidence Younis, a part-time shop worker, told the court that he had downloaded the images onto his mobile phone from the internet.

He claimed that he had told Ms McClay that he was going to show her a beheading and said he believed she was interested in seeing it.

I said I got it from the internet. I thought she wanted to view it
Subhaan Younis

Younis told the court: "We were chatting away about the war in Iraq and I clearly told her that there was a disturbing scene on the video.

"I told her it was a beheading and she asked me where I got it from.

"I said I got it from the internet. I thought she wanted to view it. She looked like she wanted to see it and moved forward.

"I pressed play, she started watching. It finished, I grabbed the goods I'd bought and left."

He added: "When I saw it the first time I was a bit shocked."

The magistrate said that he did not find Younis' evidence reliable.


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