Man apologises for conduct after nailing Qur'an to pub wall
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Monday February 17 2014
A man charged with racially aggravated criminal damage for nailing a copy of the Qur’an to a former pub earmarked for conversion into an Islamic education centre admitted his crimes and apologised for his actions in court.
Graham French painted the letters ‘EDL’ onto the wall of the pub in Shotton Colliery after taking part in English Defence League protests in the town.
French was sentenced to a six-month community order and placed under an electronically monitored curfew between 10.30am and 7am for the next month.
French was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £80 court costs.
In court last week French admitted racially aggravated criminal damage telling the court,
“I fully regret everything I’ve done. It’s totally out of character.
“I’ll regret this for the rest of my life.
“I apologise for coming in front of you today.
“You’ll not be hearing anything else from me again.”