Tattoos a sign of deep racism, expert testifies
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SUE MONTGOMERY, The Gazette
Published: Friday, November 17, 2006
The 24 tattoos depicting extremist groups' logos that cover Jean-Sebastien Presseault's body are a permanent and obvious sign of his deeply held racist beliefs, an expert on tattoos testified yesterday.
Thierry Peano, an investigator with the Montreal police organized crime division, analyzed Presseault's tattoos, which include the words Sieg Heil, a swastika and the figures 777 - the symbol of South Africa's former white supremacist party.
Presseault has pleaded guilty to wilful promotion of hatred through a website from which visitors could download music containing such racist titles as "Skin is black, you make me sick."
Presseault should receive 12 months in prison, considering his crime was premeditated, serious and violent, crown prosecutor Thierry Nadon said during sentencing arguments yesterday.
"The sentence has to dissuade others from fomenting hatred," Nadon said.