A man the crown calls a "hate monger" has been sentenced to 9 months for wilfully promoting hatred against Muslims, criminal harassment, and breach of probation.
Eric Brazau was sentenced consecutively to 4 months for willfully promoting hatred, 2 months for criminal harassment, and 3 months for breach of probation.
The Crown says Brazau abused his free speech rights in a series of incidents involving pamphlets he handed out in September of 2012 showing a pregnant Muslim woman with her belly as a bomb and other images associating the faith with beastiality, pedophila, and satanism.
The Toronto man sometimes cursed Islam while handing out the flyers and Justice Ford Clements says he believes Brazau's actions prove he had little interest in a meaningful debate.
Brazau denies that he was trying to promote hatred, instead he says he was trying to promote debate on censorship and Sharia law.
He plans to appeal and will not spend any further time in jail thanks to 9 and a half months in custody before his trial.
Clements called his views "despicable" and "repugnant," but after the sentencing Brazau said he sees nothing wrong with his actions and plans on distributing further pamphlets that are less extreme.
Brazau has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to the late 80s with a number of convictions for assault, uttering threats, and breach of bail conditions.
He is also known for protesting Police Sgt. Ryan Russell's funeral in 2011 and dressing up as an imam and pretending to beat a woman.