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Man jailed for threatening to kill UK's Prince Harry

Published on Feb 11, 2014 1:33 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - A British Muslim convert who told police he wanted to kill Prince Harry was jailed for three years on Monday 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.

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