Sentence uplifted for racially abusive female
A woman who racially abused a taxi driver during a dispute over the fare had her fine nearly doubled because of the racist words used.
The male and female customers, who were being taken from Wrexham to Leeswood, disagreed with the taxi driver over the fare that was advised by the control room. Both passengers verbally abused the driver, but the female became racially abusive towards him.
Their behaviour was such that, when another vehicle arrived, the second driver refused to take them as he feared for his safety.
The woman was charged with a racially aggravated offence, following CPS advice, and was convicted after trial whilst the male passenger was convicted of a public order offence.
Fines were imposed on both but the woman’s sentence was uplifted from £300 to £500 to reflect the seriousness of the racially abusive language she had used.
Ed Marsh of the CPS said: “The CPS takes allegations of hate crime very seriously. Racist language of this kind is simply unacceptable in a modern society. I would like to thank the witnesses in this case for coming forward and supporting a prosecution.
“Our prosecutors receive specialised training on how to deal with hate crime, reminding the courts to apply sentence uplifts to reflect how serious these offences are.
“We will continue to engage with local communities and our partners in the Criminal Justice System to support the victims and witnesses through the prosecution process.”
Notes to editors
- Ed Marsh is a Senior Crown Prosecutor and is the Hate Crime Coordinator for CPS Cymru-Wales
- Hate crime can take many forms and the CPS are committed to working with the police and our community partners in order to address it.
- Sentence took place at Mold Magistrates’ Court on 11 January 2021
- There is further information on CPS Cymru-Wales on our website
- More information about Hate Crime can be found on our website
- You can learn more about how CPS Cymru-Wales engages with communities regarding hate crime by contacting the Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager at Wales.Communications@cps.gov.uk.