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Man receives huge fine after drunken mosque attack

Worcester Editorial 15th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A GROUP of men continued to throw glass bottles onto a city mosque car park despite earlier warnings by police, a court has heard.

Officers received a call from someone at Jamia Masjid Ghousia in Tallow Hill to say bottles were being thrown and when they attended they found glass in the car park area, Worcester Magistrates Court heard on Friday (April 11).

The incident, which happened on July 26 last year, resulted in Paul Collins, of Portefields Road, being ordered to pay £1,534 after pleading guilty, at the second attempt, to being drunk and disorderly and racial and religious aggravated harassment.

The court was told how the 31-year-old was tracked down to a property in Byfield Rise, along with those involved, and they were all warned by police about the incident.

The police then left but received a call from the mosque again to say more glass had been thrown by the drunk men.

When they attended officers arrested a man, which Collins took exception to, by swearing and acting aggressively which led to him also being arrested.

Collins then began to chant and sing racist songs while on the way to the police station.

David Oliverre, defending solicitor, said: “He does have a number of previous convictions which relate to drinking and there’s quite a number of unpleasant comments made on this occasion.

“He feels ashamed at those comments and to have them attributed to him, and would like to apologise for anyone he attributed them to.

“He has no solid recollection of what happened that day.”

Judy Hulland, Chair of the Bench, added: “If you do such unpleasant things as this we have to punish you for it. In this day and age it is absolutely appalling.

“Maybe a little less alcohol and a little more paying back the fines.”

Collins was fined £540 for being drunk and disorderly, fined £540 for racial aggravation, ordered to pay court costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £54.

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