A Catholic church in Brampton, a suburb west of Toronto, was vandalized by a culturally enriched young fellow named Iqbal Hessan. Based on surveillance videos, Mr. Hessan damaged and desecrated St. Catherine of Siena church. And he also told police investigators that he wanted to kill a priest.
So what did the magistrate do? Why, he let the miscreant out on bail, of course!
Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media talks about the incident in the following clip:
Below is a news report about the reaction of the pastor at St. Catherine of Siena church:
Pastor at Vandalized Church ‘Surprised’ He Wasn’t Told of Threat Against Priests
Accused man out on bail
BRAMPTON — The pastor at St. Catherine of Siena church wants to know why police didn’t tell him that a Cooksville man who is out on bail after being accused of committing crimes that targeted his church had thoughts of killing or hurting a priest.
Father Camillo Lando said he is holding a meeting with his two priests today to “tell them to be careful” after hearing of the disturbing allegations that were revealed in Brampton court yesterday during the bail hearing for 22-year-old Iqbal Hessan.
Court heard that in his statements to police after his arrest this week, Hessan said he was thinking of killing or hurting a priest the night he’s alleged to have broken into the church.
“We should be aware of this,” Lando said. “If he is threatening us, why was he released? And why wouldn’t the police call to tell me he said these things.”
Peel police haven’t responded to a request for comment.
Hassan was released on bail yesterday afternoon by Justice of the Peace Gerry Manno after a lengthy bail hearing that lasted two days.
He has been charged with break, enter and commit indictable offence and five counts of mischief over $5,000 in connection with numerous incidents at St. Catherine of Siena Church over the last five weeks.
While questioning the accused man’s father, who is one of Hessan’s sureties, Crown prosecutor Ann Marie De Grace told the court Hessan said in his statement to Peel Regional Police after his arrest that he had plans to hurt a priest last month on the night he is accused of breaking into the church. Manno later said Hessan told police he was thinking of killing a priest.
Manno also questioned Hessan’s father on allegations that his son was upset at the church and “upset with Christian religion.”
Basir Hessan said his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and that caused his anger and imbalance.
De Grace was opposed to Hessan’s release, saying the criminal allegations against him are “troubling and very disturbing” and “shook up” a church and school community.
“We still have a segment of society that’s under the threat of Mr. Hessan,” she said.
Manno said the public has a great deal to be concerned about, including Hessan’s mental illness and the perception “of a young man with a Muslim upbringing attacking a Christian church.
Besides the simple property, many people would see this as an attack on their faith,” he said.
However, Manno said the safety of the public can be met with a plan that includes a psychiatric assessment and other court-imposed conditions. Hessan cannot come within 1,000 metres of the church or school, cannot come within 50 metres of a priest or minister, must be home by 10 p.m. and cannot attend any other church or school in the region.
Peel police meanwhile are consulting with the region’s Crown Attorney’s Office to determine whether to charge Hessan with hate crimes in connection with the vandalizing of a holy statue and the walls of the Catholic church.
The Criminal Code allows for the laying of hate crime offences under certain criteria, including the damaging of religious property where the motivation for the offence is bias, prejudice or hate based on religion, race, colour or national or ethnic origin.
If found guilty, an accused could face up to 10 years in jail.
Hessan’s lawyer, Adil Goraya, said he doesn’t believe there was any religious intent behind the actions.
“This is not a hate crime,” he said.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.