Man pleads guilty to leaving pig’s head outside Watford mosque

31st Mar 2013
Man pleads guilty to leaving pig’s head outside Watford mosque

Karl Smith, 43, left a pig’s head at North Jamia Watford Mosque on February 21


Elham Asaad Buaras

A Watford man has pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated harassment after leaving a pig’s head outside a mosque in Herefordshire on February 21.

43 year-old Karl Smith, of Gullet Wood Road, was charged with religiously aggravated harassment after leaving the animal’s head in North Jamia Watford Mosque’s car park during evening prayers.

Watford Chief Inspector, Nick Caveney, told The Muslim News: “Hertfordshire Constabulary would like to make clear that hate crimes will not be tolerated in the county and the Force takes all allegations very seriously. A significant amount of resources were used in this investigation allowing an arrest and subsequent charge to be made promptly.

“We understand that these incidents are very distressing for the people involved and can have a detrimental effect on relations within the community. We would like to reassure concerned members of the public that the Constabulary has good relationships with all racial and religious groups in Watford and this kind of incident is highly unusual.”

Rashid Choudhrey, who is a member of the Mosque Committee, added: “This was a distressing crime for the Muslim community and the many friends we have in Watford. We support the action taken by police.

“In general we have good relations all parts of the community and we look forward to maintaining those. No one has to put up with this form of behaviour and I would strongly encourage victims to report incidents to the police.”

The case has been adjourned until a further hearing on March 21.


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