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Racist jailed for mosque pig outrage; INSULT.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

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.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2012
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