Racist jailed for mosque pig outrage; INSULT.
AN ex-soldier was jailed for four months yesterday for tying a pig's head to the gates of a mosque and writing racist graffiti.
Simon Parkes, 45, claimed it was an "act of revenge" after Muslim extremists burned poppies in West London on Remembrance Day in 2010.
A court heard how Parkes and an accomplice went to the mosque early on November 13, 2010.
A worshipper found the pig's head a few hours later. Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said: "Someone had written on the head the name of Allah."
After Parkes was arrested this July, police found a photo of him at Cheltenham Mosque online, captioned: "Revenge of the Infidel."
Gloucester crown court judge Jamie Tabor QC told him: "You intended to inflame racial tensions."
Parkes, of Cheltenham, earlier admitted religiously aggravated criminal damage and harassment.
OFFENSIVE Simon Parkes