Berkshire

Holmanleaze mosque graffiti artist spared jail

Gary Nuth
Gary Nuth must carry out 270 hours of unpaid work

A man who spray painted offensive graffiti on a mosque has been ordered to carry out 270 hours of unpaid work.

Gary Nuth, 23, targeted the mosque in Maidenhead, Berkshire on 8 June while he was "heavily intoxicated".

Nuth, of Blackamoor Lane, admitted two charges of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage, one of theft and another of criminal damage.

Lee Hunt, 26, of Lincoln Road, Maidenhead, was charged alongside Nuth. He will be sentenced on 22 November.

Reading Magistrates' Court heard Nuth, who has a 12-week-old baby, stole a can of paint from a building site to carry out the vandalism.

He admitted his behaviour outside the Islamic Trust Mosque in Holmanleaze was "stupid and childish", adding it could not be justified.

Magistrates also made him subject to a supervision order.

Nuth must pay £150 compensation to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council for damage to a road, £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Hunt was convicted of two charges of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage, criminal damage and theft following a trial on 9 October.

Sentencing was adjourned for probationary reports to be prepared.

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