Man convicted of sending race hate mail

11/08/2017

A 70-year-old man who sent over 150 letters which contained racially abusive content has today been fined £250 at Worcester Crown Court.

Between June 2016 and January 2017, James Evans inundated an office in Worcester with letters containing racist and anti-Semitic remarks.

The content of the letters, sent on a daily basis were perceived as racist and offensive by the victim. The victim contacted Evans in an attempt to stop the letters being sent, but he continued to send and hand deliver letters, sometimes several times a day.

The matter was reported to police. Evans was arrested and interviewed. Evans was not deterred by his arrest and continued to send further letters.

Evans  was charged and he pleaded guilty at court to racially aggravated harassment without violence.

Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Mr Evans motive in this case has never been clear, but people from all communities have a right to be protected from the prejudice at the root of hate crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to play its part in this.

"It is vital that society recognises and deals with this hostility, from abusive gestures and name-calling and to offensive graffiti and physical attacks.  Often victims are not aware that what they are experiencing is a hate crime.

"Where we have evidence that a crime took place because of hostility to someone’s race, religion, physical ability or sexual orientation we will argue that this is an aggravating factor and the sentence should reflect that."