A 29 year old man has been given an Order of Lifelong Restriction, with a minimum punishment part of three years and nine months in custody, for throwing a petrol bomb at Edinburgh’s Central Mosque.
The court heard that the attack took place a little after 2am on the morning of 18 September, 2016 when Conington ignited a Molotov cocktail, which consisted of a clear glass bottle filled with petrol, and threw it over the fence of the mosque in PotterrowThe bottle smashed and burst into flames on the steps of the entrance setting fire to the door.
The court heard that a month earlier, Conington had approached the same mosque heavily intoxicated and was arrested for being aggressive and racially abusive when he was refused entry.
He was also convicted of making racially offensive and sectarian remarks towards a security guard at a local supermarket.
Speaking following sentencing today, Andrew Richardson, Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders, said:
“Everyone has the right to live free from violence, threats, intimidation or the fear of harassment or abuse stemming from the prejudice of another person.
“To be targeted because of race, colour or faith is totally unacceptable.
“Hopefully the conviction and sentencing of Thomas Conington will send a strong message to those who engage in this abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law.
“We are determined to work alongside colleagues in the criminal justice system to do all in our power to prevent these crimes and to bring those who commit them to justice.”