Woman sentenced for racist abuse on London bus


Simone Joseph, 37, was sentenced today at Hendon Magistrates' court to 16 weeks, suspended 18 months, for racially aggravated intentional harassment. This relates to an incident on a 206 bus on 13th October 2015.

The sentence was uplifted from eight weeks to reflect the racially and religiously aggravated nature of the crime. While the charge only reflects the racially aggravated aspect of the incident the case was presented in court to also include Joseph's hostility towards the victims' religion.

Gerallt Evans, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor and Hate Crime Lead, said: "Simone Joseph subjected the victims to a torrent of anti-Muslim and racist abuse which left them terrified.

"One of the victims was heavily pregnant and Joseph threatened to kick her in the stomach, leaving her fearful for her unborn baby. Nearby passengers were understandably shocked and distressed by what they had witnessed.

"I hope this conviction demonstrates to communities that hate crime will not be tolerated. In particular we are committed to working with our police partners to ensure that all those using public transport in London can do so free from the fear of such behaviour. We will continue to work to bring those that commit these disgraceful crimes to justice."