Leicester youth given increased sentence for racist and homophobic abuse

18/03/2016

A Leicester youth has been given a six-month referral order for assaulting two police officers and using racist and homophobic abuse.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was approached by two police officers when he became aggressive at a house party. While the officers were trying to calm him down and remove him from the vicinity, he pushed one of them and kicked the other, using racist and homophobic insults.

He pleaded guilty at Leicester Youth Court to two charges of assaulting a constable, one charge of racially aggravated harassment and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress (in relation to the homophobic insults).

He was given a six month referral order, which included an uplift of two months taking into account the racist nature of the abuse and the homophobic insults.

Nigel Chapman, District Crown Prosecutor and hate crime champion at CPS East Midlands said: "The prosecution of this young person shows that racist or homophobic abuse will not be tolerated. It is not acceptable to use terms that are derogatory to individuals or communities as abuse. Hate crimes are those that involve hostility towards people with different characteristics, such as their race, age or sexuality. In this case the homophobia may not have been directed at the victims, but the fact that the language used was homophobic in nature, alongside the racist abuse, has resulted in a more serious sentence for the offender."