Toronto man charged with hate crime offences

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A man attacked a group of Jewish religious school students in January A Toronto man is facing charges of mischief in relation to several hate-motivated “targeted” attacks that…

Toronto man charged with hate crime offences

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A man attacked a group of Jewish religious school students in January

A Toronto man is facing charges of mischief in relation to several hate-motivated “targeted” attacks that occurred in December 2017 and January 2018.

Police said the man, 30, had attacked a group of Jewish religious school students on 2 January at a Jewish day school in Toronto.

He used a paintball gun to shoot several students at close range, they said.

He was taken into custody and the paintball gun was recovered.

“This resulted in property damage that was put at close to $140,000,” police said.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police said the 30-year-old targeted Jewish religious school students in Toronto

The Canadian justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, said in a tweet that it was “sad and utterly appalling that another person might have been harmed due to hatred and ignorance”.

“Today’s arrest sends a clear message that hatred will not be tolerated and its perpetrators will be held accountable,” she added.

Toronto police said they had taken 27 hate-motivated incidents reported in the city since 2017.

Many of them occurred in the period following the November 2017 mosque and synagogue shooting in Pittsburg.

The same man is accused of targeting a group of Muslim school students in April 2017. Police said he hit four teens with a sharp object and shouted anti-Muslim slurs.

CBC News reported that the mosque involved had been vandalised and spray painted with profanities as anti-Islamic hate groups have stepped up their rhetoric in recent months.

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