|BBC News reports that a man charged with aiding and abetting an arson attack on a mosque in Grimsby, in retaliation for the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, has been found guilty.|
Daniel Cressey, 25, drove two ex-soldiers, Stuart Harness, 33, and Gavin Humphries, 37, to the Islamic Cultural Centre in Grimsby in May to carry out the attack. Harness, who is Cressey’s cousin, and Humphries had already admitted to throwing petrol bombs at the mosque.
Grimsby Crown Court was told Harness and Humphries prepared their petrol bombs at Harness’s house before Cressey arrived in his car to drive them to the mosque. The pair were later seen captured on CCTV throwing the bombs at the Islamic centre.
Worshippers at the mosque were alerted by the smoke alarms and were able to put fire out before any serious damage was caused.
The attack took place four days after Fusilier Rigby died outside Woolwich Barracks in London.
The jury was told that the two former soldiers unwittingly recorded themselves making the bombs, burning off excess petrol from a garden table and carrying the makeshift devices towards Cressey's car on cameras set up in Harness's home.
The mosque had been attacked earlier in that same week when eleven teenagers smashed all the windows at mosque and damaged nearby cars.
The court was told that following this attack police set up extra patrols and it was when one of these patrols passed by the mosque that Harness and Humphries were spotted throwing the petrol bombs.
Addressing Cressey, Judge Mark Bury said:
"You've been convicted on plain evidence of aiding and abetting your cousin Stuart Harness and another man, Gavin Humphries, to fire-bomb the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre.
"That's a serious offence.
"You went into this knowing full well what was going on. A prison sentence is inevitable."
Cressey, Harness and Humphries have been remanded in custody. All three men will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on 20 December.