Life sentence for Leicester hate crime driver who ran over Muslim woman

|News, Violent crime , Hate crime

A man who drove onto the pavement to run over a Muslim woman in Leicester has been jailed for life for attempted murder today (27 March).

Paul Moore, 21, from Leicester, drove a VW onto the pavement in the north of the city and hit the pedestrian from behind. He then turned the car around and drove back to where the victim was lying injured and ran her over again.

The victim suffered serious fractures to her leg, arm, pelvis and spine and is still recovering from her injuries following the incident on 20 September 2017.

Shortly afterwards Moore drove his car at another victim, a 12-year-old Muslim girl walking to school, but only glanced her, knocking her school bag out of her hand.

After the incident he told friends he had carried out the attacks in retaliation for terror attacks in the UK.

Moore appeared at Nottingham Crown Court and was found guilty of attempted murder, attempted grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving for a separate incident after the attacks. The CPS prosecuted the case as a hate crime.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 20 years. He was also disqualified from driving for life.

Janine Smith from the CPS said: “Paul Moore’s actions were undoubtedly fuelled by his hatred of Muslims and the intent to kill his first victim was clear.

“The CPS examined the circumstances and behaviour leading up to the attack to ensure he faced charges that reflected his actions and the motivation behind them. Moore had expressed a desire to run someone over and the evidence was clear that his motivation for attacking these victims was hostility towards their ethnicity and perceived religion.

“We are clear that this was a hate crime and invited the judge to uplift and increase the sentence. He therefore placed this in the highest possible sentencing bracket.”

Notes to editors

  • Janine Smith is the Chief Crown Prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service in the East Midlands.
  • Paul Moore (DOB:10/06/1996) denied attempted murder, two counts of dangerous driving, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted by a jury.
  • For more information about hate crime sentencing uplifts, see our Racist and Religious Hate Crime Prosecution Guidance.

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