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Three men admit defacing Glasgow Necropolis headstones

Glasgow Necropolis
Image caption Falconer, Owens and Hay admitted defacing headstones at Glasgow Necropolis

Three men have admitted defacing headstones at a Glasgow cemetery by spray painting racist slogans.

Scott Falconer, 20, Bruce Owens, 19, and Cameron Henry, 17, caused £40,000 of damage at the city's Necropolis between 15 and 17 July 2011.

They were caught after police received an anonymous email with pictures attached, showing the accused at work.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence on all three was deferred for reports and their bail was continued.

Falconer, from Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, and Henry from Carluke, South Lanarkshire, pleaded guilty to maliciously spray painting racist remarks and slogans on various headstones.

Owens, from Cranhill, Glasgow, admitted the same offence as well as kicking over and damaging headstones.

The court heard how two gardeners discovered the damage at the cemetery on 17 July 2011.

'White power'

Swastikas were sprayed on some headstones, along with slogans such as "white power", "dubba", "punks dead ha".

Some headstones had been kicked over and damaged and there was also smashed glass from broken bottles.

The court was told that on 27 July police received an anonymous email with photographs showing people at the Necropolis that linked them to the case.

Pictures were circulated and Owens was identified as one of the people in the photographs.

Further investigations through Facebook identified Henry as one of the accused and subsequently Falconer.

During his police interview in December 2011 Falconer admitted being responsible for spray painting some of the slogans.

The court heard Owens did not admit having anything to do with the vandalism when questioned by police and was asked about a comment he had posted on his Facebook site that "was indicative of his involvement" but gave another explanation.

Henry was the last to be interviewed and arrested by police in December 2011.

He admitted to knowing about the damage caused and knowing who was responsible.

Henry said he saw himself and his friends as fascists and stated that he hated immigrants.

He later admitted spraying a slogan on one of the headstones.

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