Gainsborough man guilty of religiously aggravated harassment
A Gainsborough man has been found guilty today of religiously aggravated harassment for displaying offensive anti-Muslim posters in his front window - posters that East Midlands Chief Crown Prosecutor Judith Walker said would 'cause offence to virtually anyone that saw them'.
Conway displayed the posters, 17 in total, some of which contained highly offensive words and images in his windows, where they were clearly visible from outside. A local shop worker reported them to the police, saying that nobody should have to see the content displayed.
Conway was arrested and charged with religiously aggravated harassment. A search of his house revealed a number of cannabis plants growing, and he was also charged with cultivating cannabis.
He was found guilty of both offences at Lincoln Magistrates Court, and his case was committed to the Crown Court for sentence.
Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS East Midlands said: "Everyone has the right to live free from harassment in a tolerant society. Darren Conway displayed highly offensive posters in his window targeted at the Muslim community. Although they were targeted at Muslims, they would cause offence to virtually anyone that saw them.
"Todays conviction sends a strong message that targeting groups in society in this deliberately offensive way has no place in our community and will not be tolerated. The words and images used by Conway were particularly disgusting, so it was important to bring this case to court and ensure that he faced the full consequences of his actions.
"The Crown Prosecution Service will continue to treat cases based on hatred with the utmost seriousness. It is essential that everyone in our community is free to live without harassment and that anyone who jeopardises that freedom will face prosecution."