Man jailed for racist hate mail

23/01/2017

A 46-year-old man from Coventry has today been jailed for four years and six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to sending racist hate mail to members of the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) community.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how over a 13 year period between 2001 and 2014, Mark Graham identified prominent members of the BME community in Coventry as well as a victim in London and proceeded to send them letters, which contained racist hate language.

In August 2014 police identified the defendant as the sender of this correspondence. When they searched his home, they recovered a number of letters which were addressed to BME individuals which contained racist hate language.

After the defendant's arrest DNA, fingerprints and handwriting comparisons were conducted on the many letters received by the victims. The results linked Graham to many of the letters.

The defendant was later charged with eight counts of racially aggravated harassment, one count of racially/religiously aggravated harassment and attempted racially aggravated harassment.

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Warren Stanier, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit, said: "As this conviction shows, being targeted because of who you are can be very damaging and isolating.

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

"Where we have evidence that a crime took place because of hostility to someone's race, prosecutors will argue in court that this is an aggravating factor.

"I would like to commend the courage of the victims in reporting these matters to police and acknowledge the professionalism of the prosecution team who worked together to bring Mark Graham to justice."