Jail for Lincoln transphobic abuse
A Lincoln man has been jailed for four weeks for abusing a transgender woman in Lincoln High Street. Matthew Pearson shouted abuse at his victim and made threatening gestures in incident in July 2018.
He was charged with using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress and prosecuted alongside a string of shop theft offences. He pleaded guilty to all the offences at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on 13 February. He was imprisoned for four weeks for the abuse. The court uplifted the sentence from a community sentence to imprisonment as it was identified as a hate crime, motivated by hostility towards the victim’s transgender status.
Janine Smith from the CPS said: “Hate crimes like this are extremely serious. The CPS demonstrated to the court that the defendant had only acted the way he did out of hostility towards the victim as a transgender person. We are pleased that the court has recognised this in their decision to pass a more significant sentence for this offence. I am grateful to the victim in this case for reporting what happened to her. I hope this will reassure others experiencing this kind of abuse that they do not need to suffer in silence and that perpetrators of this kind of crime can and will be brought to justice.”
Notes to editors
- Janine Smith is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands