Four men accused of ‘anti-Christian’ hate crime to appear in court

Outside York Crown Court. Credit: James Denham.

Four men accused of a faith-based hate crime will appear at York Crown Court on October 9 after a Christian teenager was allegedly the victim of four incidents that took place between July 2014 and May 2015.

The York Press detailed how Andrew Addison, 30, and three others, are alleged to have filmed themselves assaulting the victim with a lit aerosol, taping a dummy to his mouth as he was bound to a chair, sending him a threatening message on Facebook, and binding the young churchgoer to a crucifix in early 2015.

Christopher Jackson, 21, Alex Puchir, 37, and Joseph Richard Rose, 21, are charged alongside Addison with a religiously-aggravated assault in Hull.

At an earlier court appearance, at York Magistrates Court, the prosecution alleged that the four accused men knew the victim was a committed Christian.

Rose also faces additional charges relating to allegations of sending him a threatening message over Snapchat.

Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks, defending the accused, indicated they would plead not-guilty.