Co-Workers Found Not Guilty of Religiously Aggravated Offense

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: June 24, 2016

A York jury heard evidence about sustained bullying of a teenage apprentice, a Catholic, by tying him to a cross in a mock crucifixion, among other acts, during a trial. They found the accused guilty of assault, but not guilty of religiously aggravated assault.

The teenaged victim gave testimony that his colleagues grabbed his arms and legs and tied him to a cross which they built out of timber in January 2015. He said they lifted him onto a wall, while tied to the cross, and that another colleague filmed this act. He testified that he felt his Catholic religion was targeted, "otherwise why was there a cross made?" Sources: York Press and Daily Mail