A Shia Muslim has been jailed for three years and nine months for vandalism attacks on five mosques in Birmingham.
Arman Rezazadeh, who is of Iranian descent, used a sledgehammer to smash windows and doors in Perry Barr, Aston and Erdington on 21 March.
The 34-year-old admitted religiously aggravated criminal damage .
Judge Michael Chambers QC said Rezazadeh had been “motivated by religious hatred” and all the mosques he attacked were used by Sunni Muslims.
Rezazadeh sparked a major hate crime inquiry supported by anti-terror police, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
He caused damaged put at more than £11,000 in the attacks at Witton Islamic Centre, Al-Habib Trust and Jamia Masjid Ghausia, all in Aston, Masjid Madrassa Faizul Islam in Perry Barr and Jam-E-Masjid Qiblah Hadhrat Sahib Gulhar Shareef in Erdington.