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|Burning Poppies on Armistice Day for a £50 fine.|
A MUSLIM fanatic who torched a wreath of poppies on Armistice Day has been fined just £50 despite raking in hundreds of pounds in benefits.
Yob Emdadur Choudhury, 26, was handed the soft sentence at Belmarsh Magistratesí Court in South East London after being convicted of a public order offence.
One onlooker was left feeling "physically sick" by the incident, which was caught on camera on November 11 last year.
Choudhury, who denied the charge, could be seen unfurling several large plastic poppies on the ground before burning them at the end of a two-minute silence.
He was handed the measly fine despite raking in nearly £800 pounds in benefits.
Fellow defendant Mohammad Haque, 30, was cleared of the same charge.
District Judge Riddle - who could have fined Choudhury up to £1,000 - said: "I have no doubt that it was the intention of this protest to shock and offend.
"Shocking and offending people is sometimes a necessary part of effective protest. Here, an obvious consequence of this process was to show disrespect for dead soldiers, who should burn in hell.
"The two-minute chanting, when others were observing a silence, followed by a burning of the symbol of remembrance was a calculated and deliberate insult to the dead and those who mourn or remember them.
"If the memory of dead soldiers is publicly insulted at time and place where are likely to be gathered people who have expressly attended to honour those soldiers, then the threat to public order is obvious.
"Here it is hard to imagine that a public order disturbance was not intended."
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