Drunk man given £10 for taxi at Swansea Mosque later calls worshipper a terrorist

Swansea Mosque [Source: Flickr]

Worshippers at Swansea Mosque who gave £10 to a drunk and bloodied man were repaid by abuse when he called a congregation member a “bloody terrorist”, Wales Online reports.

Jack Thomas, 22, who was described in Swansea Magistrates Court as having blood on his face and hands, took the £10 and sat on the ground outside the mosque.

Prosecutor Lisa Jones said Thomas then abused a member of the congregation who came to the door by calling him “a bloody terrorist.”

The worshipper went back inside for congregational prayer.

Mrs Jones said Thomas then went at the back of the mosque where he banged on the fire exit door and spat on the glass, which left phlegm and blood on it.

She said a mosque member opened the rear exit door, when Thomas asked why he was dressed in a particular way.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday 2 June after Thomas had been out drinking with friends and then later on his own.

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The court heard that Thomas also swore at the arresting police officers but could not remember his Islamophobic comments towards the worshippers at Swansea Mosque.

Thomas pleaded guilty to charges of religiously aggravated harassment or alarm, and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour.

Defending, Anthony O’Connell said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and that he suffered from alcohol and mental health issues.

Magistrates said they did not like what they had heard and ordered Thomas to pay £235 in fines and costs.

Chairman of the bench, Keith Buckley, said: “I would like to say more, but I won’t — it won’t be appropriate.”

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