Aberdeen man jailed for Facebook “burn mosque down” threat

Derek Phin

A man has been jailed for suggesting on Facebook that a mosque should be blown up in the wake of the murder of Lee Rigby.

In July last year Derek Phin, 46, wrote about the Edinburgh Central Mosque on the Scottish Defence League Facebook page: “Burn the mosque down when the meeting is ongoing.”

The building had been due to be full of anti-fascist campaigners meeting in response to the far-right’s reaction to the Woolwich attack.

Phin, from Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to posting a threatening and abusive remark with religious prejudice and was sentenced to a year in prison.

“You have abused what you think is your right to free speech to threaten the safety of innocent people in their place of worship because of your mistaken understanding of what they or their co-religionists stand for,” the judge said.

Earlier this week, Michael Adebolajo was given a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale was jailed for a minimum of 45 years for Lee Rigby’s murder outside Woolwich barracks in south-east London.

They drove a car into Fusilier Rigby at 30-40mph, before dragging him into the road and attacking him with knives and attempting to decapitate him with a meat cleaver.

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