Irish professor brutally slain in France by ‘very pious’ Muslim student

Irish professor brutally slain in France by ‘very pious’ Muslim student December 8, 2018
Photo courtesy Leonardo de Vinci University

John Downing, 66, above, An Irish professor working in France, died of multiple stab wounds this week when he was attacked outside the Leonardo de Vinci private university in La Defense business district of Paris.

His 37-year-old assailant, identified only as Ali R, told authorities after his arrest that Downing  had insulted the “prophet” by displaying a drawing of him during class. He also admitted to having a grudge against Downing.

The academic suffered 13 fatal stab injuries in the throat and chest.

Catherine Denis, the government prosecutor involved in the case, said Ali, a Pakistanti national, harboured an “obsessive resentment” against the university for expelling him in September 2017.

She said:

He came to France two years ago to join the management school, but did not pass his first year. Since then he had been returning to the college, and had become unwanted to the point that he was not allowed in any more.

According to Denis, Ali, above, told authorities:

He [Downing] produced a drawing, which he showed off in class, insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

Ali also claimed to police that the teacher had made fun of his Muslim religion during English classes at the university.

French authorities have not found any evidence so far to establish that Ali was radicalised by an Islamic terror organisation and they are currently dealing him as someone who is very religious, very pious, very practising Muslim.

Publishing any imagery of Prophet Mohammed is considered by Muslims as blasphemous and a grave insult to Islam.

In January 2015, two terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda brutally massacred 12 people at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after it publishing cartoons of the Prophet.

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  • kaydenpat

    Can’t Mohammed defend himself if he doesn’t want folk drawing his picture? What a weak god.

  • Broga

    He looks like a smug, ignorant, fool who thinks murder over a drawing of his prophet (what did he ever prophesy?) and wearing cheap sun specs makes him a hero.

  • Maddog

    Muhammed is not the god in Islam. Allah is.

  • persephone

    Wouldn’t Allah protect his prophet?

  • persephone

    He’s a lying SOS. He’s angry and holding a grudge, and is using this lame excuse to try to make himself look better, when all he really wanted is revenge.

  • Maddog

    I suppose that the Muslim response is that Allah can, but chooses not to.

  • TrickyDicky

    Very much like the Christian god, he could prevent children starving in Africa but chooses not to.

  • Andrew

    Most of the starvation in Africa is Muslims so blame the Muslim God.

  • barriejohn

    I was SO disappointed to miss what must have been a rivetingly interesting programme on BBC1 this morning, when an ex-soldier and Invictus Games athlete of who I had never heard “discusse[d] the injuries he sustained serving in Afghanistan” (a whole hour of it, I kid you not). I wonder whether the interviewer asked him why the god who was supposedly giving him such comfort and support now (“My Faith and Me”) didn’t intervene at the time to prevent such a tragedy overtaking him (“free will”, no doubt). As I’ve said before, far from “no atheists in foxholes”, my father often told us how serving in the Royal Navy – especially on Arctic Convoy duty and watching merchant seamen drown in oil while unable to afford assistance – made an atheist of him. The same god supported both sides! Logic is the first thing to go out of the window when you allow religion in through the front door.