Shopkeeper pleads guilty to racially abusing woman

30/09/2014

A 23-year-old Coventry businessman has pleaded guilty to racially abusing a woman after she had complained to the police of the sexually explicit music which he was playing loudly in his shop.

On 2 July 2014, police were informed of loud music, which contained sexually graphic lyrics, coming from a clothing shop owned by Shingai Kamanga in the city.

Officers arrived at the shop and they asked Kamanga to turn the music down, which he did, but he objected in having to do so.

The defendant became aggressive and started shouting racist abuse which he directed at the victim due to her colour and gender.

The police officers tried to calm him down, but Kamanga continued using foul and abusive language. They then decided to arrest him, but the defendant resisted this and a struggle ensued until he was finally detained.

Kamanga today pleaded guilty at Coventry Magistrates' court of using racially aggravated abusive words that caused distress and was fined £100, ordered to pay £150 costs and £20 victims' surcharge.

Bindi Athwal, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "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.

"To this end, we now have specialist hate crime prosecutors who are experienced in dealing with some of the common issues in race hate cases.

"Victims often are not aware that what they are experiencing is a crime. It is vital that people realise that incidents ranging from racist verbal abuse and gestures to offensive graffiti and physical attacks are either criminal acts in their own right or aggravate other criminal offences being committed.

"Where we have evidence that a crime took place because of hostility to someone's race, we will do our utmost to prosecute."