Racist man sentenced for two hate crimes after abuse towards Jewish family

|News, Hate crime

A man who shouted "one, two, three, Heil Hitler" and "go have a sausage sandwich" at a Jewish family has been jailed for 12 weeks for hate crimes.

David Aherne, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress and one count of causing religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress at Wood Green Crown Court on 13 August.

Today [Tuesday, 3 September] Aherne was sentenced to 12 weeks in custody with the judge citing the racist element as an aggravating feature.

Aherne had boarded the 149 bus on 10 July 2019. Whilst on the bus in the vicinity of Stamford Hill in Hackney, he shouted the racist remarks at a Jewish couple and their three children. The victim tried to prevent Aherne from getting off the bus as they waited for police to arrive, only to be told by Aherne that he would pull down his own trousers in front of the Jewish family.

Elaine Cousins, from the CPS, said: “It is hard to believe that crimes like this are still being committed. Unfortunately for the victim and his family, the flagrant disregard and respect for other races and religions shown was exposed in the most offensive of displays.

“This was a cruel verbal attack on people simply going about their business. The family were subjected to extremely racist and offensive language during the tirade.

“The incident was acutely distressing for the family and the wider Jewish community, some of whom were present. Anti-Semitism has no place in our society and the CPS will prosecute those who carry out hate crimes where there is the evidence to do so.”

Notes to editors

  • David Aherne [DOB: 29/06/1965] is from Tottenham in the London borough of Haringey
  • Elaine Cousins is a senior crown prosecutor within the crown court unit in CPS London North.

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