A radio host accused of sending Islamaphobic tweets and emails to a Muslim politician told a jury he just wanted to cause "mild irritation" to battle political correctness.
Timothy Burton allegedly called Tell Mama founder Fiyaz Mughal a "mendacious grievance-mongering taqqiya-artist-in-chief" in an email and described Islam as a "backwards, misogynistic, seventh-century" ideology, according to Court News UK.
Burton, the radio presenter for anti-immigration group Liberty GB, also claimed he sent the insults after reading that Tell Mama, who collect data about anti-Muslim incidents, exaggerated figures around anti-Muslim attacks, the Daily Mail said.
The case could rest on the use of the word "taqqiya," as jurors heard it means Shia Muslims can deny their faith if their life is threatened. But Mughal claims extremists only use the word to "blacken all Muslims."
Mughal also said that Burton had decided to take it "upon himself to try to target us and he clearly believed that what we were trying to do to stop discrimination was, in his mind, we were trying to promote the Islamic takeover of this country."
Previously in 2014, he tweeted Mughal calling him a "Muslim scumbag", but was cleared of racially aggravated harassment, jurors heard.
Burton then allegedly sent Mughal an email in relation to his acquittal on its second anniversary in 2016, saying members of Liberty GB "raised a glass in your honour, and toasted you with a bacon sandwich."
He is now charged again with religiously aggravated harassment, but has denied the charges.