Man jailed after admitting religious hate crime

17/07/2017

A 34-year-old man who attacked Asian female motorists as they sat in their cars has today pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court to three counts of Religiously Aggravated assault by Beating and been handed a 12 month prison sentence.

On 11 June 2017, the first victim was sitting in her car on Heathfield Road in Lozells waiting for the traffic lights to change. Davion Kelly approached the car, threw liquid at the victim and when challenged, the defendant punched and shouted abuse at her. 

Two days later on 13 June, Kelly targeted two further female Asian motorists who were again sitting in their cars on Heathfield Road waiting for the lights to change. The defendant approached them, spat at them through their open windows and shouted abuse.

Kelly was eventually arrested by police officers and today he has pleaded guilty to three counts of religiously aggravated hate crime and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, which was uplifted by six months to reflect the religiously aggravated element of his crimes. 

Meloney Hughes, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "Over a three-day period, Davion Kelly targeted his victims purely due to their ethnicity. He threw items at them, spat and shouted abuse at them. The abuse contained references to being a Muslim and a terrorist.

"People from all communities have a right to be protected from the prejudice at the root of religious hate crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to play its part in this.

"It is vital that people recognise what this crime is in the first place. Often victims are not aware that what they are experiencing is a crime.

"The CPS is working with our partner agencies to robustly prosecute those individuals who commit any form of hate crime as such offences will not be tolerated."