Sentence uplift for man after homophobic assault of a PC

24/08/2017

Anthony Williams, 44, from Hampshire, received a sentence uplift from a community order penalty to a 16 weeks' custodial sentence after pleading guilty to 2 offences of theft, breach of a criminal behaviour order and an assault on a police constable in the execution of her duty at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on 4 May 2017.

James Burnham, Hate Crime Coordinator for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex said: "No-one should be judged, shunned or humiliated because of their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this was the case here when a Police Constable (PC) who was simply exercising her duty was attacked because of her sexuality.

"Anthony Williams decided to verbally attack the female PC whilst resisting his arrest in Andover. He launched a gratuitous verbal attack on her, targeting her sexuality, saying that he did not want her to touch him because she was gay, using homophobic insults. When he was escorted into the police van he spat on the face of the PC.

He initially denied his actions during his police interview but later he admitted his guilt. This assault, however, was very upsetting for the PC and the magistrates'court heard how distressed she was when our prosecutor read her victim personal impact statement at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court. In that statement she said: "In this day and age, especially in the course of my duties, I do not expect and will not accept, being assaulted or being verbally abused especially in making reference to my sexuality."
"The Crown Prosecution Service takes homophobic and transphobic hate crime very seriously and we will continue to prosecute these cases vigorously by working closely with the police to bring offenders to court.

"As part of this week, CPS Hate Crime's campaign #HateCrimeMatters we urge anyone who has been victim of such appalling crime to contact the police."