Man convicted for anti-Semitic behaviour outside school

04/09/2015

Michael Anthony, 40, was sentenced today to 16 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for racially aggravated fear of violence by words and racially aggravated criminal damage at Thames Magistrates' Court. This followed an incident on 12 March 2015 outside a school near Manor House tube station in North London. Anthony pleaded guilty to both offences on 29 July.

Gerallt Evans, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London and Area Hate Crime Lead, said: "On 12th March the victim was working driving a school mini-bus in the area near Manor House station.

"While driving the bus, the victim drove past Michael Anthony who was standing in the middle of the road. As he drove past Anthony began to shout at the victim and claimed he had almost driven into him. Despite the victim apologising numerous times, the defendant continued to shout at him and the victim carried on driving a few metres down the road to the school.

"Anthony then walked down to the school and began shouting insults and threats at the victim, many of which were anti-Semitic. The victim feared for his safety and hid behind the school's gates. Anthony then smashed the window of the mini-bus using a dog lead.

"This was a frightening experience for the victim and for all those who witnessed this attack. Although Anthony has not been given an immediate custodial sentence, he has been convicted of this racially aggravated crime and now has a criminal record. Additionally if he fails to comply with the conditions of his sentence or commits a further crime in the next 12 months the courts have the ability to send him to prison.

"I hope the successful conviction in this case sends a clear message to the community that we are committed to robustly tackling racially or religiously hostile behaviour."

Background

Anthony was sentenced to 16 weeks' imprisonment for racially aggravated fear of violence by words contrary to the Public Order Act. He was sentenced to a further four weeks imprisonment to run concurrently for racially aggravated criminal damage. Both sentences were suspended for 12 months.

Anthony was also ordered to undertake rehabilitation activity of 20 days and put on a curfew for eight weeks. He was ordered to pay £250 compensation to the victim and £85 costs.

Please note: the sentence for the Public Order Offence was increased from 12 weeks to 16 weeks due to the racially aggravated nature of this crime. Further information on sentence uplifts can be found here