Trial of Fareham teenager accused of harassing Muslim is adjourned

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THE trial of a teenager accused of harassing a senior Muslim from the Wessex Jamaat has been adjourned.

Jacob Hyland is accused of making abusive phone calls to Abbas Rahim at the Al Mahdi Centre in Fareham in October and November last year.

The 18-year-old, of Mayridge, Fareham, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of religiously-aggravated harassment. His trial was due to take place at Portsmouth Crown Court this week.

But Neil Ross, defending, asked Judge Sarah Munro QC to adjourn the case to give them more time to study mobile phone records.

It is alleged that some of the calls got through to Mr Rahim and others were recorded on an answer phone. The judge agreed to put the case back until September 16.