Man who verbally abused woman convicted of hate crime

27/09/2016

A 31-year-old man has today been handed a 24 month community order after he was found guilty of verbally abusing a woman in Birmingham city centre.

On 4 July 2016, Krissoni Henderson was standing on New Street when he began to make derogatory comments to the victim who was wearing jeans.

The victim ignored the comments but the defendant continued with his verbal abuse and later called her a 'khafir' - a non-Muslim. She understood the meaning behind this word, took objection to this and called the police.

When the police arrived, Henderson and his friends surrounded the officer at the scene. Due to the hostile situation the officer found himself in, a decision was made to arrest the defendant at a later stage.

The defendant was subsequently arrested and denied the offences.

He was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court of committing an offence of racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment and given a 24 month community order, ordered to pay costs of £425, compensation of £200 and victims' surcharge of £85.

Lionel Idan, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Being targeted because of your beliefs or how you dress can be very damaging and isolating.

"In this case, the defendant's comments not only humiliated the victim, it caused her great embarrassment.

"People from all communities and all walks of life have a right to be protected from the prejudice that lies at the heart of all hate crime. As this case demonstrates, the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to play its part in bringing offenders of these sorts of crimes to justice.

"If you experience any form of hate crime, please report it to the police. We continue to work with our partner agencies in robustly prosecuting such offences and seeking justice for victims of such crimes."