A MAN put behind bars for a racist attack on a mosque earlier this year has died in prison.
Lag Kevin Crehan, 35, who was jailed in July after launching an attack on Jamia mosque in Totterdown, Bristol, died just two days after Christmas, a prison service spokesperson announced.
An independent investigation has been launched into the 35-year-old’s death.
Crehan was half way through his 12-month prison sentence at HMP Bristol.
The inmate was part of a racist gang which attacked Jamia mosque on January 17 this year.
The gang left rashers of bacon on the door handles of the mosque, and put bacon sandwiches on the doorstep.
CCTV footage of the racially motivated attack depicted two men standing by a St George flag with “no mosques” written on it.
Crehan was slapped with a one-year jail term at Bristol Crown Court in July for the racially-aggravated public order offence.
His accomplices, Mark Bennett, 48, Alison Bennett, 46, and Angelina Margaret Swales, 31, were also sentenced.
Mark Bennett was handed a nine-month sentence, while Alison Bennett was given six months, and Swales four – both suspended for two years.
Speaking on Crehan’s death, a spokesperson for the Prison Service said: “HMP Bristol prisoner Kevin Crehan (D.O.B. 29/08/81) died in custody on Tuesday 27 December.
“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will investigate.”