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Man faces charges in Mississauga church vandalism

Last Updated May 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm EST

A statue of Jesus Christ in front of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Mississauga was spray-painted with black paint. Nancy Franco/CityNews viewer

Peel police have made an arrest following incidents of vandalism at a Mississauga Catholic church and school, which triggered a hate crime investigation.

Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, on Hurontario Street near The Queensway, was targeted three times within a month, with the most recent incident occurring on May 19.

The exterior walls of the church and at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Elementary School were spray-painted with graffiti. A Jesus statue in front of the church was also damaged and spray-painted with black paint.

CityNews has exclusive security video of Sunday’s incident showing three or four female suspects.

In another incident last month, the church’s pastor said suspects stole $2,000 in donations and broke the hands of the Sacred Heart statue.

Iqbal Hessan, 22, of Mississauga was arrested early on Tuesday morning. He was scheduled to appear in court later in the day for a bail hearing.

He’s been charged with break and enter and committing an indictable offence and five counts of mischief over $5,000.