Charges laid in series of hate-motivated offences at school, churches in Oakville

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Published October 18, 2023 at 4:50 pm

Hate Crime, churches, school, anti-2SLGBTQI+ messages, swastikas bomb

Halton Regional Police have arrested an Oakville man and laid multiple charges in connection with a series of hate-motivated offences in town.

Over the last two months, the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau has been investigating a series of anti-2SLGBTQI+ messages and slurs spray painted onto buildings, and imagery such as swastikas carved into windows and mirrors.

The damage occurred at two churches, including St. Paul’s United Church, a public library, a public school, and a local business.

Neil Jensen, 28, of Oakville was arrested Tuesday (Oct. 17) in connection with these offences.

He has been charged with the following:

  • Mischief Under $5000 (six counts)
  • Uttering Death Threats
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order (eight counts)

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

“Investigators believe these incidents were motivated by bias, prejudice, or hate, and are being investigated as hate crimes,” Halton Police said in a media release.

“Hate has no place in our communities, and we encourage residents to report incidents they believe to be motivated by hate or bias to Halton Regional Police Service either through our non-emergency line (905-825-4777), or in an emergency, through 911.”

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2216.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through their website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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