Man who shouted anti-semitic abuse at Jewish worshippers has sentence increased

29/09/2017

A man who shouted anti-semitic abuse at Jewish people on their way to morning prayers has been sentenced to a 12 month community order with 200 unpaid hours of work.

Glenn Okafor, 32, saw his punishment increased from 150 hours unpaid work at Stratford Magistrates' Court today [29 September] under hate crime sentencing powers, following an application by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Okafor, [dob 04/01/1985] of Thornlaw Road, West Norwood, shouted "we will wipe you out" among other insults to wors hippers heading to Sabbath prayers in Stamford Hill, north east London, on March 4.

He was found guilty of two counts of intentionally using threatening or abusive to cause alarm or distress which was religiously aggravated. He was also ordered to pay his victims £150 each.

Jan Lamping, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London North, said: "Stiffer sentences are a powerful way of sending the message that hate crime is viewed seriously in the eyes of the law.

"These were unacceptable, hostile words and threats directed at worshippers intended to make them fearful of their safety.

"I would encourage all victims to report hate crimes so that others do not become the target of hateful abuse."

Notes:

Jan Lamping is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North with responsibility for magistrates' courts and domestic abuse cases

Crimes which are eligible for an uplifted sentence are any that are motivated 'wholly or partly' by hostility based on perceived religion, race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Increased sentences ranged from extended prison terms to longer community punishments, depending on the crime.

Between January and April this year 419 criminal sentences in London were increased.

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