Four sentenced for assault on Jewish man

27/01/2015

Four men who attacked a member of Gateshead’s Jewish community have been sentenced today at Newcastle Crown Court.

The four men had previously pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated assault on a Jewish man on Rydal Street, Gateshead in the early hours of Friday 18 July last year.

Balawal Sultan, 18, of Croydon Road, Arthurs Hill, Kesa Mohammed Malik, 19, of Wingrove Gardens, Fenham and Hassnain Aliamin, 18, also of Croydon Road, were each sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institute. A 17 year old male who cannot be named was also given a 4 month detention and training order.

Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East, said: "Safety and security and the right to live free from fear and harassment are fundamental human rights. The CPS recognises the wider impact of all forms of hate crime, which are damaging to peoples' sense of safety and security within their own communities.

"Criminal offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics undermine the very principles of fairness and equality upon which our society is built.  Such crimes are based on ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and hate, and those values have no place in an open and democratic society.

"The CPS is committed to supporting to all communities affected by hate crime, whether on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. I encourage anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of hate crime to take that vital first step and report it to the police. It will be taken seriously by the police and by the CPS. Our policy is very clear; where there is sufficient evidence of a hate crime, we will prosecute."