Trio receive 18 month jail term for racist attacks

11/11/2009

Nicholas Gardener and brothers Luke and Justin Lovedale today were each given custodial sentences of 18 months for three vicious racist attacks on shop staff in the Bedminster and Southmead areas of Bristol.

The sentences were particularly severe because of the racially aggravated nature of the attacks - the judge indicated that they were each given an additional six months because of that element.

Steve Carpenter, District Crown Prosecutor for Central Bristol said:

"These were vicious crimes, clearly motivated by racial hatred. The CPS brought the racially aggravated nature of this case to the attention of the court and this was reflected in the sentence.

"Those found guilty of hate crime offences, motivated by hostility based on the perceived race, religion, sexual orientation or disability of the victim, will receive a harsher sentence because of the serious nature of these offences.

"Hate crimes are corrosive and undermine individuals' rights to live free from intimidation and fear. They not only create divisions within and between our communities, they undermine the fabric of our society.

"We would like to thank the victims and witnesses in this case for their assistance in giving evidence and helping us to achieve these convictions."

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