Ex-soldier jailed for burning Koran in Carlisle


Andrew Ryan Andrew Ryan had stolen a copy of the holy book from the library

A former soldier has been sentenced to 70 days in prison for setting fire to a copy of Muslim holy book the Koran in the centre of Carlisle.

Andrew Ryan had previously admitted religiously aggravated harassment and theft of a Koran from a library.

The 32-year-old, of Summerhill, said he had been “shocked” watching a Muslim burning a poppy on Remembrance Day.

Shoppers and schoolchildren witnessed the burning, outside the old Town Hall, on 19 January.

Sitting at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Gerald Chalk described it as a case of “theatrical bigotry”.

‘My country’He said: “It was pre-planned by you as you stole the book deliberately.

“You went out to cause maximum publicity and to cause distress.”

Ryan struggled with security guards in court after the sentence was passed.

While being handcuffed he shouted: “What about my country? What about burning poppies?”

About 10 people were in court to support Ryan, and as they left the court they shouted “do you call this justice?”.

After sentencing, Insp Paul Marshall, of Cumbria Police, said: “This incident was highly unusual for Cumbria as we have such low levels of hate crime in the county.”


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11 Replies to “Ex-soldier jailed for burning Koran in Carlisle”

  1. ‘Sitting at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Gerald Chalk described it as a case of “theatrical bigotry”.’

    On what ground is “theatrical bigotry” a punishable offence? And precisely what aspect or aspects of Ryan’s actions in this case can justifiably be deemed bigotry?

    The real crimes here would appear to be theft of a library book and a minor public order offence. How can these crimes justify a custodial sentence of 70 days? And let’s not lose sight of who actually is forced to pay the cost of this ludicrously incommensurate sentence. What actually is the greater crime here, and who the greater criminal?

    (Hmm, methinks I ought to consider returning that library book I took out almost ten years ago. Or perhaps I should discreetly burn it.)

  2. So there you have it!….These cases clearly prove my government,judiciary,and police/security services are criminally biased against the original indigenous population of this country……….There can be no other explanation.
    The judges have obviously been told by some higher authority to imprison some people and provide a licence too commit crime to others.There can now be no doubt this is the case. The Crown and the courts have debased themselves and the people of England too score cheap political points.I will never trust any of them again.

  3. If a muslim burns a Torah, Bible, Union Jack, ect. it is called freedom of expression. If a non-muslim burns the koran it is a hate crime that is punishable by imprisonment. Political correctness has gone too far in the not-so United Kingdom and not-so Great Britain. It is time for the British who are tired of islamic oppression to take back their country.

  4. It’s no use whinging on blogs. There’s only one party that will do something about this, and that’s the BNP. Christ I can’t believe I’m typing this, that’s what its come too, I feel there’s no alternative but to vote for what can be described at best, as the unacceptable face of nationalism.
    I’m uncomfortably aware that there were probably people who voted for National Socialism with the same mindset. But what can I do? The bias has now become so blatent I have no choice but to vote for the only party that at least admits that as a white male, I exist at all.
    How many people started out like that, and then ended up wearing the uniform of the SS, standing by a grave pit, wondering how the fuck this happened?
    As my country is eaten away from within, so am I.
    Hard pounding this gentlemen, let’s see who shall pound the longest.

  5. Blindguard:

    Have a look into the British Freedom. Paul Weston etc. They seem a really good bunch. I know some personally and I have nothing but high praise for them. Also the EDL seems to be supporting them.

  6. Very bad idea. That much ink could be bad for ones colon, anus, sphincter etc. I would not reccomend wiping ones behind with the koran or any other book. Picking up dog-poo if it gives one pleasure though, that I get. Its already left the dog at that point.

  7. blindgaurd try not to go down that route.Those who go for the BNP wont stop with the muslims.It will be any ‘nig-nog,chink,paki,gook,abo’ that gets it the neck.Then it would be the ‘dego’s ,spiks,wops,slavs,jews’.Then it would be the ‘queers,homos,fags,carpet munchers,dykes,commies,socialists’ and lastly you and I cos we still hold some semblance of caring for others that they say would be not be partizan enough for them. Dont get me wrong I care for my culture and even agree that there is increased persecution of the white majority in this country, but we still need to have justice that is balanced and fair. Looking into a pit full of bodies is not the answer.I am as much concerned about that outcome as I am about the rise of Islam. I know where I would stand if I had too,but I hope that it will never come to that.

  8. It may come down to taking 800 and odd guys,holding a page each of the koran ,then each man setting his page alight. Lets see if they can arrest that many men and give them 70 days in prison each.If it wasnt so bloody stupid you would cry!

  9. Look at it this way.That man and his freinds will now be forever against the multiculturist authorities.They have freinds that will also come closer to that lack of trust.The amount of people turning is growing.It will continue to grow.The worm is turning………

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