FORMER Young mayor and current Hilltops Council mayor Brian Ingram has spoken about the jail sentence given to an electrician from Young who was designing weapons for terrorist organisation Islamic State.
"In the world we live in today, there are threats at all different levels in a lot of places," Cr Ingram said.
"No one was in any danger in our community and we had to let the police and the taskforce do their investigations and carry out their duties."
Asked about his thoughts on the sentence, which is a minimum of six years and nine months' jail, Cr Ingram said the judicial system ran its course and treated the matter as it should be.
"It's not really up to me to say whether it's sufficient or not, but as a community, we need to accept the judge's decision," he said.
Cr Ingram said he was surprised about the incident at the time of the arrest.
"I said this could occur anywhere, but we needed to stay calm and treat it for what it was," he said.
Cr Ingram said the "silly comments" on social media at the time were not a true representation of the Muslim community in Young.
"We're very fortunate where we live that we're very multicultural and we have people in the right places to ensure that our communities are safe and remain safe," he said.
We're very fortunate where we live that we're very multicultural and we have people in the right places to ensure that our communities are safe and remain safe.Brian Ingram, mayor of Hilltops Council
Asked about the potential of Zahab returning to Young after his release, the mayor said it was premature to comment about it.
"We're jumping ahead with that," he said.
"No one knows what's going to happen when that time is served.
"I've got my own private thoughts but that's what they are - private thoughts."
Representatives at Young Multicultural Association and at Young Mosque have not respond to requests for comment.
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