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 June 2017, but relates to cases from May 2017.

Curfew order over racial and homophobic abuse in Maidstone

A woman has been given a curfew order for 12 weeks, after racially abusing a woman who was working in a pub in Maidstone and shouting homophobic abuse at a police officer.

The incident happened after the woman was refused service at the pub in November 2016.

The curfew order was increased by an additional four weeks to reflect the element of racial hate crime. The woman was also given a £200 fine, increased from £80 for the homophobic abuse she yelled.

Racial abuse in Hove shop leaves man with community order

Racially aggravated harassment in a shop in Hove has left a man with a medium level community order.

The man went into the shop in early March 2017 and was challenged by a security guard over items he had put into his bag. When challenged, he became rude and aggressive, much of which was captured by the security guard who recorded it on his mobile phone.

Had there been no racial abuse, the community order would only have been low level.

Fine over racial abuse at Gillingham football match

A man at a Gillingham football match, who shouted what was described as a “torrent of abuse” at another fan, has been ordered to pay a £150 fine, following his behaviour.

Police officers witnessed what had happened during the match at the Priestfield stadium on 8 April and much of the abuse towards the man was racist.

Had there been no element of racial abuse, the fine would only have been £100.

Increased fine over religious abuse on board a plane at Gatwick Airport

Anti-Muslim comments made by a man at Gatwick Airport meant he failed to fly to Spain with his stag party.

The incident occurred on 27 April, after the man was told his luggage would have to go into the hold due to overcrowding on the flight. He then became abusive and made a series of anti-Muslim comments and was ejected from the plane over his behaviour.

In this case, the fine imposed was increased to reflect the religious aggravation element of the offending.

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.