Kashif Samuels sentenced for hate crime attack on London bus


Kashif Samuels was sentenced today at Highbury Magistrates' Court to 16 weeks' imprisonment for racially and religiously aggravated intentional harassment, contrary to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. This relates to an incident on a number 149 bus on 15th October 2015. Samuels pleaded guilty at the first hearing on 21st October.

The sentence was uplifted from 12 weeks' imprisonment to 16 weeks' imprisonment due to the racially and religiously aggravated nature of the offence. The court also increased the sentence to reflect the hostility shown towards the victim's disability.

Gerallt Evans, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "This case has quite rightly caused shock and outrage among the general public.

"Kashif Samuels used abusive anti-Muslim and racist language against the victim and caused distress and alarm to the other passengers on the bus. Not only did he shout and swear at the victim but also threw the victim's walking frame from the bus when it came to a halt.

"This appalling outburst was caught on camera by a public-spirited fellow passenger and left Samuels no choice but to plead guilty.

"Hate crime of any kind will not be tolerated in London. Members of the public should be able to travel on the city's transport network without fear of violence, abuse or harassment and we will continue to work with our police partners to bring those that commit these crimes to justice."