CPS East Midlands highlights hate crimes

12/10/2015

During Hate Crime Awareness Week, CPS East Midlands is highlighting recent successful hate crime prosecutions in the area.

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor said: "Prosecuting hate crime is an extremely important aspect of our work. Hate crimes are a highly personal attack on an individual and cause a great deal of distress. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure and these offences undermine this right for their victims. We cannot underestimate the impact that this kind of offending has on its victims."

Disability hate crime

A woman pleaded guilty to using abusive and threatening language to a woman and her family, following a dispute in the street. She subjected the victim to a tirade of abuse, using offensive terms about her disabled child and directing derogatory comments relating to his disabilities. The abuse caused considerable upset to the victim and her family. The case was identified and prosecuted as a disability hate crime. She pleaded guilty at Mansfield Magistrates Court and was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months. Because of the evidence of hostility towards the victims, the CPS applied for an uplift to her sentence and the district judge increased the sentence from five weeks to six.

Race hate crime

A woman attacked three council workers who were attempting to carry out repairs in her home, shouting offensive, racist insults as she did so. When the workers manager arrived, she subjected him to racist verbal abuse. In a separate incident, she racially abused and threatened three people in her neighbourhood in quick succession, threatening one with violence, pushing him and saying she would break his nose. She originally pleaded not guilty, but eventually pleaded guilty to racially aggravated offences including assault and harassment. She received a 26-week suspended prison sentence as well as a supervision order and compensation. As a race hate crime, her sentence was increased by the court from a community order.

Race hate crime

A woman was discovered in her car in a Leicester car park intoxicated by alcohol. While police officers were dealing with her, she became agitated and subjected them to racist abuse. She pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen and racially aggravated harassment. For the racially aggravated harassment, she was fined £200, increased from £100 due to the racist nature of the abuse and ordered to pay compensation to the victim.

Homophobic hate crime

A man made a series of telephone calls to several members of staff at a company about one of their colleagues. During the calls he made a number of homophobic comments which the staff found offensive and distressing. When he attempted to call again the staff blocked these calls. When the intended victim and subject of these calls returned to work the next day, the calls were explained to him and he disclosed that the man had also targeted him with abusive messages through social media. We secured a conviction under the Malicious Communications Act and the man was fined £660. This fine was increased because of the homophobic nature of the offences.

Homophobic and Race hate crime

A man directed racist and homophobic abuse at his victim at a bus stop in the city centre while behaving in a threatening, intimidating manner. He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated public order offences and was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months together with a fine, court charges, costs and victim surcharges totalling £ 525. The court announced that the sentence would have been a community order, but for the hate crime element which made it more serious.

Homophobic and Race hate crime

A man subjected the owners of the property they were occupying to racist and homophobic verbal abuse when they were asked to reduce the levels of noise they were making and he acted in a threatening manner towards them. He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated public order offences and was fined £240, which the court uplifted from £160 because it was a hate crime.