EDL supporter charged over racist threats to Muslims

A man was held in custody yesterday afternoon on a charge of racially aggravated public order. The court appearance followed an incident at the new Wrexham Muslim Association mosque.

Father-of-four David Jared Evans, 36, was arrested over alleged racist comments and threats made to two people who were leaving the mosque at the former Miners’ Institute in Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, on Monday evening.

Evans, of High Street, Rhos, is charged with using threatening, abusive and insulting language and behaviour towards Abdulla Anwar which were racially aggravated.

Robert Blakemore, prosecuting, outlined the allegations at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court and said the case should be dealt with in the crown court. Magistrates agreed and Evans said in any event he wished to elect crown court trial.

The court heard that social networking sites were advertising a demonstration on Saturday against the use of the former Miners’ Institute as a mosque.

Mr Blakemore said after reading texts on Evans’ mobile phone between himself and the English Defence League he would apply for a remand in custody.

The Mold-based magistrates remanded Evans in custody for a week pending committal proceedings to the crown court.

The Leader, 17 September 2010