Friday, August 10, 2012

Simon Parkes admits tying pig's head to mosque gates and daubing offensive graffiti in attack on Muslims

A former soldier has admitted tying a pig's head to the gates of a mosque and spraying racist graffiti.

Simon Parkes, 45, strapped the severed head to the front of Cheltenham Mosque, in Gloucestershire, and daubed offensive messages nearby.

His act was particularly offensive to Muslims, who consider pigs and the eating of pork to be unclean.

He evaded justice for almost two years until police finally arrested him for the sick acts and an unrelated offence in July this year.

Parkes, of Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, today appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court and admitted a charge of racially aggravated criminal damage and a public order offence. Read More