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Friends’ damage led to row at Blackburn mosque
4:34pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Blackburn
A 29-year-old man found himself embroiled in an ugly situation outside a mosque after two men he was with damaged parked cars.
Blackburn magistrates heard Michael Anthony Holden was not responsible for the damage but was “detained” by members of the mosque congregation.
And the court was told as a result Holden suffered a broken rib and extensive facial injuries.
“The lesson he has already learned is to take more care of the company he keeps,” said Jonathan Taylor, defending.
Holden, 29, of Preston Road, Longridge, admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour. He was fined £200 with £105 costs Philippa White, prosecuting, said a group of men were chatting outside the mosque on Audley Range when they saw several men coming down the street causing minor damage to parked vehicles. One of the men was on a bike and he left, as did two others. Holden was detained and the police called.
When he was being told he was being arrested for the damage Holden began shouting racist abuse and accused the men of getting him ‘locked up for nothing’.
Mr Taylor said: “He was assaulted and suffered significant injuries,” said Mr Taylor. “He felt aggrieved when he was arrested. He accepts he should not have spoken in the way he did but he was upset.”