Mississauga man faces 45 criminal charges after investigation into ‘hate-fuelled’ mischief

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A Mississauga man is facing 45 criminal charges after what Peel Region police are calling “hate-fuelled” mischief on various properties.

Investigators began looking into graffiti written on property, including MiWay Transit buses and bus shelters, in Mississauga that contained “derogatory references to Muslims,” according to a news release.

An arrest was made Wednesday by City of Mississauga security personnel.

An arrest was made Wednesday by City of Mississauga security personnel.

Craig Hanley, 58, is charged with 26 counts of mischief over $5,000 and 19 counts of mischief under $5,000.

Hanley will be in court in January.

Peel Region police will consult with the Attorney General’s Office on whether to lay hate crime charges.

In its most recent annual hate-motivated crimes report, Peel police said it investigated 158 hate/bias-motivated crimes in 2017, representing a 168 per cent increase over the 59 reported in 2016.

 

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