Man fined after mosque demonstration

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A MAN has been fined for his part in disorder after a demonstration.

Mohammed Mazedul Hoque was arrested after trouble erupted in Millfield, when left and right-wing groups clashed at a protest over plans to open a mosque.

The 20-year-old, of Hendon Valley Road, was not involved in the demo on October 6, Sunderland magistrates heard, but became caught up in a later incident.

Prosecutor Paul Doney said police had formed a line, preventing protesters entering Chester Road.

Two men came on the Stewart Street side of the street and shouted at a group of people. “This caused two males to break through the police line and attack the two men,” Mr Doney said.

“The defendant kicked a male who was on the ground.”

Defending, Christopher Brown said Hoque was not part of any political group and he hadn’t taken part in the protests.

He said Hoque “was the recipient of racist abuse, along with his friends” and accepted “stupidly” kicking out at the unknown man, who kneeling down.

Hoque admitted a public order offence and was fined £75 fine, plus £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.