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Sentence increased on abusive shopper

|News, Hate crime

An irate customer at a Bridgend Co-op store who used homophobic comments towards a shopworker has received an increased sentence at court.

Matthew Williams, 18, directed the abuse towards a shopworker who had refused him service.  

When passing sentence, District Judge James at Swansea Magistrates’ Court indicated that the sentence would have been a fine but was uplifted to a Community Order due to the matter being a hate crime.

Williams was sentenced to a one-year Community Order and ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation to the victim.

Kelly Aston of the CPS said: “Comments like the ones made in this case can have a significant impact on the day to day lives of people.

“Nobody should have to tolerate abuse of this nature, and when cases pass our legal tests, we will charge and seek to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“When successful in obtaining a conviction, we will seek to apply for a sentence uplift to reflect the seriousness of hate crime.”

Notes to editors

  • Kelly Aston is a Senior Crown Prosecutor and the Hate Crime Coordinator for CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Matthew David Williams (DOB: 28/8/02) pleaded guilty to theft and a public order offence.
  • The offences took place on 31 March 2021.
  • Sentence took place at Swansea MC on 5 August 2021.

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