Man jailed in connection with 'pig head' incident - Newbury

23/01/2013

A 21-year-old man has today, Wednesday, 23 January 2013, been sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court to three months’ imprisonment after admitting one count of racially aggravated harassment and a section 4 public order offence.

Rory Rowbottom, of Poffley Place, Thatcham, pleaded guilty to the offences in connection with an incident in Newbury in October where a pig's head was discovered outside a mosque in Pound Street.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This kind of targeted abuse based on the grounds of religion or race has no place in our communities.

She added: "The actions of this man were highly offensive and would have caused further distress to the community in Newbury had it not been discovered at an early stage.

"Freedom of expression is a much-cherished privilege, but it carries with it responsibilities, the principal responsibility being to act within the law.

"The CPS will continue to work closely with the police, our partner agencies, and communities to vigorously prosecute all offences of this kind."