Pub landlord sentenced for racially abusing patron

14/05/2013

A pub landlord who racially abused a customer who had gone into his pub for a drink, was yesterday given a 20 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £400 compensation to the victim at Coventry Magistrates' Court.

Robert Power, aged 41, who is the landlord of the Tiger Moth Public House, Quorn Way, Coventry was found guilty at an earlier hearing of a racially aggravated offence after he abused and threatened the victim who had gone into his pub with his wife and friends for a drink on 22 December 2012.

The victim was initially served by the bar staff, but when Power saw the victim go to the bar for another drink, he questioned him as to why he had entered his pub as he did not serve black people. He was then told to leave the premises. The victim called the police and the defendant was arrested and charged.

Colin Molloy, Head of West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Magistrates Court Unit, said:

"We views this type of crime very seriously as it has a real and lasting effect on individuals, communities and the whole of society. People from all communities have a right to be protected from the prejudice at the root of racist hate crime, and the CPS is determined to play its part in this.

"Together with the police, the victim and witnesses, the CPS played a key role in securing the conviction of Robert Power who targeted a person simply because he is black.

"Prior to and after charge, Power denied all aspects of the offence. The police correctly sought pre-charge advice resulting in notification of the necessity to hold an identification parade without which the case would fail. Once that procedure proved successful a charging authority was issued. The prosecuting trial lawyer robustly challenged the defendant's continued assertion of innocence but the trial process allowed the court to record a guilty verdict. 

"I believe it is vital that people recognise that crimes of this nature will be prosecuted and that support will be offered to victims and witnesses through Witness Care Officers. These people can help with anything from court transport and childcare to highlighting the need for special measures which allow vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give evidence from behind a screen or via a TV link." 

Mr Power has also had to pay £200 costs and £80 victim's surcharge.