CPS Wessex supports #HateCrimeMatters

22/08/2017

"Being targeted because you are perceived as being different can be devastating and it can have a long lasting effect on the lives of those who are the victims of such appalling crimes," says Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex.

Ms Jakymec said: "As part of our CPS Hate Crime Campaign, #hatecrimematters, we want focus on those crimes, which often have a disproportionate impact on the victim because they are being targeted for a personal characteristic or a perceived difference.

<p"We work closely with the police in identifying these crimes early on, we flag them on our case management system and our Hate Crime Coordinator works closely with our Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager to review these cases to decide whether a sentence uplift is applicable in those cases.

"We make our decisions in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and in accordance with our policies on Hate Crime.

"At court we make clear representations to draw the court's attention to consider whether the offence should be classified aggravated because the defendant was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on the complainant’s difference.

"The CPS takes hate crime cases very seriously and we work very closely with our criminal justice partners to tackle this odious crime. In Wessex our Hate Crime conviction rate is of 91%*, however we are mindful not to be complacent, and our prosecutors remain dedicated to bring offenders before the court.

"We hope that this week's campaign will encourage victims to come forward."

Notes to editors

CPS Wessex figures

  • * 91% in a quarter 1 ( April-May-June 2017)
  • Racist Aggravated and Religiously Aggravated, conviction rate  quarter 1- 93.3%
  • Homophobic and transphobic, conviction rate quarter 1- 82.1%
  • Disability Hate Crime conviction rate quarter1 - 85.2%
  • Sentence uplift for all successfully prosecuted aggravated cases quarter 1 - 73.3%