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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Owen Sound Mosque Vandalism Suspect Released On Bail

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

22 year old suspect released on bail with an August court date.

The 22 year old Owen Sound man charged with mischief in relation to the vandalism of the mosque and also Popeye's Chicken in Owen Sound has been released on bail.

Brandon Hodder had a bail hearing Tuesday morning after being arrested Monday. (July 15th)

Hodder, who appeared in court in black jeans and a black metal band shirt is charged with mischief under $5,000 after allegedly throwing food at Popeye's Chicken on July 12th.

Two more charges against him also allege he threw tomato sauce and eggs at the doors of the Owen Sound Muslim Association "for reason of bias, prejudice or hate based on religion" on July 12th and 13th.

According to the Crown, police arrested Hodder after finding a receipt for the same types of items thrown at the buildings. Police reportedly then went to the store where they were purchased and looked at surveillance videos to identify their suspect.

In an earlier media release, police also stated after finding the various physical evidence they conducted surveillance of the suspect and obtained warrants to search a residence and two vehicles.

In court, the Crown noted Hodder had consumed alcohol and was, "no doubt intoxicated" at the time.  He went on to say Hodder has a job and that he has no previous criminal charges against him.

Justice of the Peace Stewart Taylor noted that while the charges are unproven, the acts "shocked and saddened the whole community" and added, "to the Muslim community of course, all our hearts go out to them."

Hodder is due back in court August 8th.

He is not to consume alcohol or have any weapons. He is also not to be on the property of Popeye's Chicken or the Owen Sound Muslim Association.

 

 

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