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Man sentenced for transphobic hate crime

|News, Hate crime

A man who launched a tirade of transphobic verbal abuse at a transgender woman on a street in Earl’s Court has been sentenced.

Youssef Rawwash, 25, from Ladbrook Grove launched the attack on his victim as she was walking home along Earl’s Court Road at around midday on 28 August, 2020.

As she walked past a betting shop, Rawwash, who was sitting outside, started shouting highly offensive transphobic slurs at her. He also intentionally misgendered his victim by calling her “he” several times. The victim, who was distressed and upset by the attack, flagged down a passing police car and Rawwash was arrested.

Rawwash was found guilty after a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in January of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He was sentenced yesterday (6 May 2021) to an 18-month community order. This was increased from 12 months by the court to reflect this being a hate crime.

Kris Venkatasami of the CPS said: “This highly offensive, hostile and unacceptable language was directed at the victim because she is transgender. The transphobic slurs used by Rawwash left his victim highly upset, fearing for her safety and suffering post-traumatic stress.

“She had simply been walking home and should not have expected to encounter a shocking verbal assault like this. We hope this outcome enables her to move on from this appalling incident.

“Rawwash has been given an uplifted sentence, demonstrating how seriously the CPS and the courts take hate crime. Hate crime has no place in our society and I hope this conviction gives other victims the courage to come forward in the knowledge that the CPS will do everything it can to bring such offenders to justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Youssef Rawwash (DOB:31/08/1995) is from Ladbrook Grove
  • Kris Venkatasami is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for London South and London CPS hate crime lead.

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