Christian Joseph St Hillaire leaves Kirklees Magistrates' Court
A man who caused hundreds of children to be evacuated from a mosque after claiming he had put a pig’s head inside the premises has appeared in court.
Christian Joseph St Hillaire, of Fenay Lane in Almondbury, was at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court, Huddersfield, yesterday.
He had admitted a charge of racially aggravated threatening behaviour at an earlier hearing.
The court heard the incident at the Hanfia Mosque in Lockwood happened on January 30.
Prosecutor Andy Wills said that earlier that month a pig’s head had been found on a spike on railings outside the Bentley Street mosque. This was removed by mosque secretary Mohammed Imran before anyone else could discover it.
Three weeks later Mr Imran received a call from St Hillaire which he found distressing.
The prosecutor said: “He (St Hillaire) said: ‘I’ve put another pig’s head inside the mosque, you need to get everyone outside.”
Mr Wills said that at the time there were about 200 children inside the mosque. The mosque was evacuated but staff told children they were carrying out a fire drill.