A Penarth man, Mr Jesus Christianity (34), has been given a 17-month-long jail sentence after threatening rail passengers attending a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transexual (LGBT) march being held in Cardiff last year.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Mr Christianity had shouted selected quotations from the Bible at the LGBT rail passengers who were on they way to attend the “Pride Cymru” event in August last year and had told them “I’ve got a bomb in my backpack.”
Christianity admitted “communicating or falsely giving information with intent and making a threat to damage or destroy property” .
Prosecutor Gareth James told the court that the defendant had targeted young people on the train – whom he could tell from their appearance were attending the event – and told them “gays were disgusting” . Mr James went on to say that “When the passengers got off [ the train] he [Mr Christianity] said to one of them ‘I’m going to Pride now and I’ve got a bomb in my backpack’.”
The court was told that a young woman had called the police and an armed officer had tackled Mr Christianity at the march in Cardiff city centre. He was found not to be carrying a bomb and although he had a toy gun, there was no evidence that he was intending to attack anyone.
Defending Mr Christianity, Ruth Smith, said her client suffered from “clear psychiatric difficulties” and a dislike of public transport .
Passing sentence, the Judge – Neil Bidder QC – said Mr Christianity was motivated by “hostility to homosexuality” but accepted he was not a terrorist and that he was “sorry” for his verbal attacks.