Two convicted of Nottingham Mosque hate crime

26/10/2017

Two men have been given increased sentences for religiously aggravated harassment and criminal damage in relation to an incident at a mosque in Sherwood, Nottingham.

Jamie Mullins urinated on the building used by worshippers as a mosque and smeared pork meat on the door, encouraged and assisted by Matthew Sarsfield. Mullins draped a flag over the centre's perimeter and both took photos of what they were doing. Two members of the mosque's community were in the centre at the time.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated harassment. Mullins also pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage for smearing the meat on the door. Mullins was given a 12-month community order, with 10 days' rehabilitation activity requirement and 40 hours' unpaid work. This was uplifted from a fine due to the religiously aggravated nature of the offence. Sarsfield was fined £115 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. Again, this sentence had been increased from a conditional discharge due to its religiously aggravated nature.

Steven Kennell from the CPS said: "The actions of these two defendants were a clear act of complete disrespect, directed at the community of Muslim worshippers at the mosque. The CPS has outlined the serious nature of this offending and demonstrated that it was motivated entirely by hostility towards the religion of their victims. Everyone has the right to practice their religion without harassment. The court has acknowledged the seriousness of this offending by the increased sentence given to both defendants."

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The defendants pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated disorderly conduct in the sight or hearing of someone likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress offences under S5 public Order Act.
  2. Steven Kennell is District Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands.