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Transphobic hate crime results in increased sentence for Mold teenager

|News, Hate crime

A man who abused a Police Community Support Officer for being transgender has received an uplifted sentence at Mold Magistrates’ Court.

Declan Armstrong, 19, was on Chester Street in Mold when he abused the PCSO by shouting comments referring to the officer being transgender.  The officer was on duty at the time and uniformed.

At Court the prosecutor applied for the sentence for the public order offence to be uplifted to reflect the hate crime aspect. This resulted in the Court imposing a greater penalty.

Edward Marsh of the CPS said: “Comments deliberately targeting a person in this way have no place in modern society.

“The CPS takes any hate crime allegation extremely seriously and we will robustly prosecute cases that meet the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

In 2018-2019, the CPS secured convictions in 84 per cent of the hate crime cases it prosecuted and, due to the severity of hate crime, the courts increased the sentences handed down in 74 per cent of these convictions.

Greg George, Head of Diversity at North Wales Police said: “The sentence reflects the importance of holding individuals to account when they commit hate crime.

“I hope the outcome demonstrates that we take these types of offences extremely seriously and always do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.

“I would encourage anyone who has been subject to a similar ordeal to come forward and report it to the police.”

Notes to editors

  • Edwards Marsh is a Senior Crown Prosecutor and is the Hate Crime Coordinator for CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Sentence took place on 29 January 2020
  • Declan Armstrong (DOB: 16/8/2000) was convicted of an offence contrary to section 4(A)(1) and (5) of the Public Order Act 1986 - using abusive or insulting words with intent to cause harassment
  • Sentencing:
    • Medium-level Community Order
    • Curfew Order for 12 weeks from 9pm - 7am daily
    • Pay £200 compensation to the victim
    • £90 Victim Surcharge
    • £300 costs
    • The District Judge said that had it not been for the transphobic element of the crime, Armstrong's sentence would have been Low Level Community Order. The uplift is to a Medium Level Community Order.

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