A BESTWOOD Village man took a photograph of a pig’s head placed at a site earmarked for a mosque and asked his daughter to upload it to the social-networking website Facebook, a court has heard.
Wayne Havercroft (41), of Millbank Place, was part of a gang who placed the severed head at Collington Way, West Bridgford, on Thursday June 23 in a racist stunt.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard that it was put on a yellow, four-foot pole with an anti-Muslim message spray-painted nearby.
Havercroft and co-defendants Nicholas Long (22), of Needham Road, Arnold, and Robert Parnham (19), of Farnborough Road, Clifton, all pleaded guilty to racially or religiously-aggravated harassment.
Earlier this year, Christopher Payne (25), of Beardsmore Grove, Hucknall, pleaded guilty to the same offence and was fined £250 and banned from going into West Bridgford. He admitted spraying the graffiti but denied placing the head on the pole.
Havercroft has been slapped with a £400 fine, £170 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Long and Parnham were each fined £200 and told to pay £85 each towards costs.
Before passing sentence, magistrate Colin Wharmby told Havercroft and his fellow defendants: “All three of you should be ashamed of what you did, thoroughly ashamed.”
The court heard that Parnham bought the pig’s head from a butcher’s and tried to sell it by sending a text message to all his contacts.
He received a response from Payne, who was in a pub in Clifton at the time. The head was brought to the pub in a bin liner.
All four defendants were together when the head was placed on the pole. Havercroft admitted taking the photo.
The slogan ‘No mosque here EDL Notts’ was painted on the floor. EDL refers to the English Defence League, which claims to “protect against “radical Islam’s encroachment into the lives of non-Muslims”.
Havercroft is a former member of the EDL and also pleaded guilty to an offence of racially or religiously-aggravated harassment on Saturday June 25 when he shouted at people manning a stall about Islam in Nottingham city centre.
The court heard he pulled out a flag of St George and shouted: “You are all with Osama Bin Laden”.
In mitigation, Julia Haywood (defending Havercroft) said her client had a borderline personality disorder.
On the day of the pig’s head attack he failed to take his medication.
She added: “His behaviour can become erratic if he doesn’t have it.”
Havercroft joined the EDL late last year after becoming “incensed” by the burning of poppies by a Muslim extremist at an Armistice Day protest in November.
After the completion of the case, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman Brian Gunn commented: “This kind of targeted abuse based on the grounds of religion or race has no place in our community.”
He added: “The actions of this group of men were highly offensive and would obviously have caused significant distress to the community in West Bridgford had it not been discovered at an early stage.