(TELEGRAPH) — A teenage boy has admitted religiously harassing a McDonald’s employee by repeatedly teasing her for being a practicing Pagan.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, consistently provoked the female member of staff over her beliefs in what is understood to be the first case of its kind.

A court heard how the defendant discovered through friends that his victim was a Pagan – a legally recognised religion – and then “jumped on the bandwagon”.

He pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated harassment over a period of more than six weeks while she was at work at the restaurant.

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