There is a bizarre case out of Edinburgh where Chelsea Lambie, 18, and Douglas Cruikshank, were arrested for defacing a mosque by wrapping bacon around door handles and, last year, throwing strips of bacon inside. It was a stupid and hateful act. What is interesting is the length of the sentences, which were a year and nine months. We have previously discussed how sentences tend to be lower in England but these are pretty stiff.
As criminals, these two flunk out of felony school. CCTV footage first caught two men and a woman at a store at 4.45am where the woman asked an assistant if she knew where to get the bus to the mosque. Then they were caught on another camera buying bacon. Then a third camera outside of the mosque shows the three putting bacon on the door handles and the woman took a picture of the men outside the mosque. They are then shown running off laughing.
The case also shows how extensive and integrated the camera surveillance in England has become.
When Lambie was arrested, police found messages on her cellphone, including “Going to invade a mosque, because we can go where we want.” Another, that was a prosecutor’s dream, said “Went to the mosque in Edinburgh and wrapped bacon round the door handles, opened the door and threw it in ha ha ha.” Lambe still insisted on a jury trial while Cruikshank pleaded guilty to the attack. Lambe got the longer sentence of a year.
The third person involved in the attack, Wayne Stilwel, was sentenced to ten months after pleading guilty last August.