Three people jailed for decorating religious building with pork stripsBy Mason White 4:00 PM June 24, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
Two men and a woman were arrested, charged and convicted of a hate crime after decorating a religious building with pork strips, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Edinburgh prosecutors said that the 18-year-old woman and the 39-year-old man, who desecrated a mosque by decorating it with strips of bacon, have been sentenced to imprisonment.
Douglas Cruikshank, and Chelsea Lambie threw bacon at the window of Edinburgh’s Central Mosque, and wrapped meat around door handles. 25-year-old Stilwel Wayne of Gorebridge, Midlothian, previously admitted his role in the attack and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Cruikshank of Galashiels,and Lambie of Paisley, Renfrewshire, were found guilty of threatening and abusive behavior. Slices of raw bacon were discovered glued to the window of the mosque.
Islam prohibits the consumption of pork. Text messages were found on Lambie’s mobile phone detailing the attack.
“I went to the mosque in Edinburgh, and wrapped bacon around the handles of the door,” one text message read. Lambie denied the allegations, saying that someone else used her phone.
Cruikshank was sentenced to nine months in prison and Lambie was sentenced to 12 months at a youth offenders center.