Young perpetrator of race hate crime sentenced

04/03/2010

A young offender who pleaded guilty to a series of racially aggravated offences last year was sentenced today at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

The defendant, who cannot be named because of his age, was given a 12 month supervision order and was ordered to remain at his home address between the hours of 6pm and 6am for a period of 3 months. He was also instructed to write letters of apology to the victims.

Two of the victims, journalists Amil Khan and Tamanna Reahman, lived undercover in the Southmead area of Bristol for a 12 week period over the summer of 2009 and covertly filmed their experiences. The resulting television programme was screened by the BBC as part of its Pamorama series on 19 October 2009 and included footage showing the two journalists being subjected to threats, assaults and racist abuse by the two defendants. This footage, together with more extensive audio and filmed material compiled by the BBC in the course of making the programme, was subsequently used as presecution evidence and shown to the court.  

Commenting on the case, Jill MacNamara, a Hate Crime specialist for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "It is important that people know those who commit hate crime will be prosecuted when there is sufficient evidence against them. Racist and other hate crime should not be tolerated in our communities and the perpetrators of it face the full retribution of the law."

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