CPS South East tackling hate crime on your behalf

Here you can read details of some of the recent hate crime cases the CPS has prosecuted in the South East. This report was prepared in July 2017, but relates to cases from June 2017.

Suspended jail term over religious abuse in Crawley 

A man has been given a suspended jail sentence of 12 weeks, after religiously abusing a man at his home in Crawley.

The defendant knocked on the victim’s door in the early hours of the morning and told him that he needed to move out of the country. The defendant then handed him a letter, which told the victim he should stop using the local mosque, before verbally threatening him and saying if they didn’t move out, their house would be burnt down. Even after police arrived to arrest him, the man continued to make derogatory comments about Muslims.

The man pleaded guilty to one charge of causing religiously or racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence by words or in writing. As the defendant pleaded at the first available opportunity, the sentence would have usually been a suspended prison sentence of just eight weeks, but due to the racial element of the crime, this was uplifted to 12 weeks. He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work, was given a rehabilitation activity requirement of 10 days and was given a 12 month restraining order.

Extra fines following racial abuse outside school in Epsom

Two women have been given additional fines, after being convicted of racially abusing a woman outside a school in Epsom.

The victim was collecting her children  in November 2016, when she found her car blocked by another, so she had to wait for the owner to return, meaning she missed a doctor’s appointment.

When the owner of the vehicle returned, the victim tried to explain this and was shouted and sworn at, before being racially abused.

The pair were both convicted, following a trial, of three charges of public order offences and were fined £180. Had it not been for the racial element of the crime, the fine would have been £120.

Increased over racial abuse in Kent court

A man was given an increased fine, after yelling racist abuse at a security guard at Thanet Magistrates’ Court.

The man was demanding to see his solicitor and had to be escorted out of the building, after attempting to enter it without passing through the metal detector first. At this point, he yelled the abuse, which was overheard by a CPS lawyer who was at court.

The defendant was ordered to pay £180 fine, which would have been £115, had it not been for the racially aggravated element of the incident.

In all these cases, a sentencing uplift was applied, which increases the sentence for any offence where a defendant showed hostility or an offence is shown to have been motivated by hostility based on age, disability, homophobia and transphobia or racist and/or religious grounds.