Preacher who made homophobic remarks in Hyde Park’s Speakers' Corner convicted
A preacher who made homophobic remarks to a fellow speaker in Hyde Park has been convicted of a hate crime.
Omar Mohamad, 65, known as ‘Uncle Omar’ was convicted of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress following a one-day trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court, today (Wednesday, 1 September 2021).
Mohamad cornered his victim, a white convert to Islam, after the victim called out his associate for allegedly glorifying terrorism in speeches and conversations at Speakers' Corner, on 6 October 2019.
The incident, which lasted for around six minutes and was filmed, involved Mohamad calling his victim “filthy” and a “creature,” stating “you are spreading AIDs”. Mohamad added: “He gave Adam and Steve,” “26million died because of him” and “he’s worse than a terrorist”.
Kalsoom Shah, from the CPS, said: “London’s Speakers' Corner has had a proud and longstanding tradition of providing a space for debate. But this does not mean it is a safe space for hate crimes.
“Mohamad carried out a personal attack on the victim based on his sexuality. Mohamad’s words were homophobic, hostile and designed to intimidate and discredit the victim, who was left feeling extremely upset.
“I want to thank those that called out this nasty behaviour at the time, and all those who provided statements to help the prosecution.
“Hate crime has no place in our society and the CPS will robustly prosecute offenders. I hope this conviction gives other victims of hate crime the courage to come forward.”
Crimes that are motivated wholly or partly by hostility or demonstrate hostility towards the victim of the offence based on that person's presumed race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability are eligible for an increased sentence. The CPS will be applying for a hate crime sentence uplift in this case.
Mohamed will be sentenced at the same court on 22 September 2021.
Notes to editors
- Omar Mohamed (DOB: 6/9/1955) is from Reading.
- Kalsoom Shah is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the magistrates’ unit at CPS London South.