Adam Rodgers, 28, of Woolwich, a former English Defence League (EDL) activist, threatened to burn down a mosque in retaliation for the brutal killing of soldier Lee Rigby.
Unemployed Rogers was staying with friends in Hastings when he posted a tirade of offensive and obscene remarks on Facebook. He also called on fellow EDL members to congregate at Hastings Mosque in St Leonards.
On Monday (July 15), Rogers was sentenced to 16 weeks in custody, suspended for two years, by Hastings magistrates. He was also given a supervision requirement for 24 months and ordered to pay £85 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
May 23rd 2013
Hastings and St. Leonards Observer
John Parkin, 27, of Towyn, Conwy, pleaded guilty at a special court to threatening to burn down a mosque at Rhyl and religiously aggravated disorderly behaviour on Saturday 25th May. Magistrates at Llandudno committed him in custody for sentencing by a Mold Crown Court judge. Parkin told police he hated Muslims, The court heard. He had a previous conviction for a public order offence involving anti-Muslim comments.
The judge branded Parkin “an inherent racist” and jailed him for 18 months.He was also given an indefinite criminal anti-social behaviour order banning him from any mosque.
North Wales News
Previously admitted to being a member of the EDL in connection with a previous offence:
Matthew Tyson, 23, of Grimsby, was sentenced at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court for posting offensive material about Muslims on an English Defence League Facebook site, Tyson wrote, Grimsby Mosques “want burning down” after soldier Lee Rigby was attacked and killed by two men in Woolwich, on May 22.
The Mosque was attacked days later. Tyson was given a 12-week curfew and must stay in his home between 6am and 8pm, apart from weekends where he must stay at his girlfriend’s home while seeing his children.
His 12-week prison sentence was suspended for six months. The court also ordered the destruction of a laptop and his smart phone.
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APOLOGY: Steven Ballard leaving court. The Facebook user claimed the furore caused by his “menacing” comment had cost him his job, girlfriend and his child.
Steven Ballard, 27, of Grimsby, admitted sending an offensive or menacing message on May 23 on the Grimsby division EDL fan page on Facebook .
It read: “Burn the mosque down the end of Legsby Avenue. That will tell the clowns in charge in this country that we ain’t taking this s*** and it will start a nationwide action going. “Grimsby will be on the map big time then.”
Ballard was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence, a six-month supervision order and must pay £85 costs and a Government-imposed £80 victims’ surcharge.
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