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A racist who made anti-Muslim comments on his mobile to police claimed that he had not intended to make the abusive call, but had sat on his phone.

Jordan Henry, 39, made offensive remarks over the phone to officers just before 7pm on April 28.

Henry, of Ardrossan’s Glasgow Street, appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week and pled guilty to one charge.

The court heard that Henry made a 999 call and said: “Bunch of Muslim b******s” before hanging up. Police called Henry back and he answered saying: “Awright, what’s happening man? When we blowing it up?”

When the police officer identified himself, Henry claimed the call was a mistake and that he had been sitting on his phone. He was then asked to provide his details to which he gave a false name and address. When challenged, he provided the correct information.

Police attended Henry’s address. On coming to the door, he said: “Is this about the phone call regarding the Muslims?” He then stated that it was “only a laugh”.

Later at the police station, Henry made comments such as: “There’s no freedom of speech in this country. Rule Britannia.” During this time his phone rang with Islamic sounding music similar to when Muslims are being called to prayer.

Defending Henry, solicitor Brian Holliman said that his client had been drinking and that he had given false details to the police because he had thought it was his friend “winding him up”.

He added: “He’s made a total mess of this.

“He tells me the first call; the phone had been in his pocket and he had not deliberately called the police. It’s quite apparent when listening to the call, other voices are in the background. It does not appear that it was directed at anyone on the other side of the call. It doesn’t take away that that comment was made.

“It was objectively concerning and alarming. It was a stupid thing to have said and it would have been alarming to the call handler to have heard. He does not hold views relating to religious prejudice.”

Henry was fined £320.

Ardrossan Herald

The brother of an alleged murder victim has been jailed for possessing a hand gun and ammunition which police feared may have been used in a revenge attack.

Graham Bryden’s brother Jason died in a violent attack on 4 July in Kilmarnock.

Police raided the 45-year-old’s home in the town on 7 July following a tip-off and found a black Taurus revolver, ammunition and heroin worth £2,590.

Bryden was jailed for five years and eight months after he admitted possessing the gun, bullets and heroin.

Jailing Bryden at the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Burns told him: “I have no reason to suppose your possession of these items was in connection with the drugs operation you were conducting from your house.

‘Exact retribution’

“The possession of a gun and ammunition was in some marginal respect as a result of the assault on and death off your brother.”

The court heard that police raided Bryden’s home in Kilmarnock three days after his brother’s death.

Advocate depute Paul Brown, prosecuting, said: “Police were concerned about the prospect of an attempt by the accused to exact retribution on the men accused of committing this crime.

“There was further information available to the police that the accused was also dealing in drugs.”

The court heard that Bryden’s home was searched and the handgun was found on top of a cabinet in the kitchen, alongside a black zipped bag containing nine rounds of ammunition.

Nine wraps of heroin were found under a rug in the lounge and another in the tumble dryer.

Mr Brown told the court: “The revolver was in working order, but it was in a condition that could have been hazardous to the person firing it. In the opinion of expert it could case a potentially lethal injury if fired at a person.”

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