Is everyone equal before the law in modern Britain? Judge for yourselves:
A man who spat on the front door of a mosque twice in the space of a week has been sentenced.
Police said Graham Marshall, of Birkin Avenue, Hyson Green, Nottingham, was caught on CCTV spitting at the Jamia Islamia Mosque on 16 and 22 December.
The 70-year-old was found guilty of two counts of racially-aggravated criminal damage following a trial.
Marshall was given a one-year community order and fined £200 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
I actually don’t think the sentence or fine is harsh: spitting on the door of a mosque is a pretty disgusting, anti-social, and unnecessary thing to do. I just wonder whether the police would be as interested if anyone spat on the door of a church, synagogue, or ordinary front door.
Insp Riz Khan, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Marshall showed a complete disregard for the faith and belief of others in these highly offensive incidents.
“The force takes any incidents of this nature incredibly seriously and they will not be tolerated.”
Burglaries, on the other hand, probably will but I suspect that too depends on who’s been burgled.