Examples of successful Hate Crime prosecutions ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week 10-17 October 2015

08/10/2015

Please find below a number of successful Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Hate Crime prosecutions ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week next week; 10-17 October 2015.

R v Jugut - Racially Aggravated Hate Crime
This offence took place in Midland Road Newsagents, Bedford on 25 January 2015.  The defendant, Irfan Jugut, made racist comments towards the victim at the counter, saying words to the effect of: "I hate white and black people."  Then, in an unprovoked attack, he punched the victim to the head and face several times.  The defendant was arrested and charged with Racially Aggravated Common Assault and Racially Aggravated Harassment/Alarm/Distress and later pleaded guilty to the offences.  The prosecutor applied for a sentence uplift and the defendant was sentenced on 21 May 2015, at Luton Magistrates' Court to 200 hours unpaid work.  He was also ordered to pay a £60 Victim Surcharge, £450 costs and £100 compensation.  It was announced in court that without the uplift the sentence would have been 150 hours unpaid work.

R v Easterbrook - Racially Aggravated Hate Crime
On 01 June 2015, in the Premier Store, St Marys Butts, Reading, Warren Easterbrook was racially abusive to a black male customer and threw water over him and a female.  The defendant was escorted from the shop, the police attended and he was arrested.  He was charged and later pleaded guilty to Racially Aggravated S4.  On 24 June 2015, at Reading Magistrates' Court he was sentenced to 8-weeks imprisonment.  A two week uplift was applied at sentencing.  This sentence was concurrent with other matters that were sentenced at the same time with the total term of imprisonment of 20-weeks.

R v Reed-Halliday/Stevens - Disability Hate Crime
On 14 May 2013, the 7-year-old victim, who has cerebral palsy, was taken to Wycombe General Hospital by his mother Donna Reed-Halliday, with severe injuries including a burn on his left hand. On 16 May 2013, Donna Reed-Halliday and Ben Stevens, the mother's boyfriend, were arrested and interviewed.  They were both later charged with wounding with intent and cruelty to a person under 16 years. The charging lawyer instructed the Advocate at court to apply s.146 uplift for the Disability Hate Crime aggravated hostility, highlighted by messages, found during the investigation, between the two defendants.  A further reminder was sent to the Advocate to bring s.146 uplift application to the court's attention at sentencing.

On 8 July 2015, at Aylesbury Crown Court, Ben Stevens, having pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment.  As the defendant was considered to be dangerous, his sentence was extended by a further 3-years to a total of 14-years imprisonment.

On 14 August 2015, at Oxford Crown Court, Donna Reed-Halliday, having been found guilty 10 June 2015, by a jury after a trial, was sentenced to 3-years 6-months imprisonment.

R v Townsend - Religiously Aggravated Hate Crime
In Easter 2013, Easter 2014, and August 2014, 'black mass' posters advertising a service and bearing the victim's name were posted in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Other material was also posted in and around Stevenage and Aston and on Facebook advertising naked cleaning and bearing the victim's wife's name.  Robert Townsend was arrested 15 October 2014, and interviewed, and later further interviewed and charged 23 February 2015, with two offences of Religiously Aggravated Intentional Harassment.  The defendant pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced 09 June 2015, at Stevenage Magistrates' Court to 12-weeks imprisonment suspended for 12-months and 12-months supervision. He was made the subject of an indefinite restraining order not to contact the victims or produce any literature which identifies them, and was ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 Victim Surcharge.  The sentence was uplifted from a community order to reflect the aggravating features.

R v Langley - Racially Aggravated Hate Crime
On 15 January 2015, the defendant, Anthony Langley, was challenged at Milton Keynes Railway Station by a Revenue Protection Inspector. The defendant produced a ticket from Gravesend to Bletchley. When asked about the necessary discount card that was listed on the ticket he was unable to provide a card. He was arrested and whilst in custody he became racially abusive to the police station detention officer. He was later charged with Racially Aggravated intentional harassment and other offences for which he was in custody.  On 12 May 2015, at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court, having been found guilty on 16 April 2015, after trial, he was sentenced to a fine of £165, which was uplifted to £225 to reflect the racial aggravation and was ordered to pay £100 compensation.

R v Butler - Racially Aggravated Hate Crime
On 21 March 2015, in Goring, Reading the defendant, Kathleen Butler, assaulted and racially abused a police officer.  The defendant was arrested and later charged with Racially Aggravated intentional harassment and assaulting a police constable.  On 21 April 2015, the defendant pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced 3 August 2015, at Oxford Magistrate' Court to a fine of £150 for the assault and £250 for the Racially Aggravated intentional harassment.  The sentence uplift was applied due to the racial element of the offence, and the defendant was fined the £250 as an alternative to receiving a conditional discharge.  The defendant was also ordered to pay £75 compensation, £125 costs and a £25 Victim Surcharge.