Colin Sampson sentenced for homophobic harassment

13/07/2015

Colin Sampson was sentenced on 13th July 2015 at Thames Magistrates' Court for two counts of harassment without violence. Sampson pleaded guilty to harassing two of his neighbours between September and December 2014. His plea was entered on the first day of trial on 16th June at Stratford Magistrates' Court.

Sampson and the two victims lived in sheltered accommodation and Sampson had engaged in a course of homophobic harassment towards the two victims.

Gerallt Evans, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor and Hate Crime Lead for CPS London, said: "Sampson used homophobic and abusive language towards the two victims in this case leaving them feeling distressed, scared and threatened.

"It was clear that his motivation for the harassment was hostility towards the victims' sexual orientation and we were able to present our case to the court as a homophobic hate crime allowing the judge to use his statutory powers to apply a significant increase in the sentence.

"Tackling hate crime is a key priority for CPS London and we are committed to securing justice for victims and supporting them through the prosecution process."

Sampson was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He was given a supervision order for 12 months and a curfew for eight weeks. A two year restraining order preventing him from contacting the victims was also imposed.

More information on sentence uplifts can be found here.