Summary of successful hate crime cases
Lionel Idan, the London South Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) and CPS hate crime lead, introduces a summary of recent successful hate crime cases and explains how we are working with partners to prosecute these cases.
“If you find yourself on our CPS London South website pages I hope this means you are keen to learn more about what we do as an organisation. On this page we wanted to showcase some of the recent successful cases in which my prosecutors have brought various offenders of hate crime to justice.
“Below you can read about a shocking case in which an activist against antisemitism was racially abused because he refused to shake someone’s hand. In another case language used by a preacher against a fellow speaker at Speaker’s Corner, was completely unacceptable.
“Our vibrant city is lauded for being among the most diverse and tolerant in the world. No one should have to face hostility and attacks, especially because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
“These successful cases and others, I hope, demonstrate our strong commitment to robustly prosecuting all aspects of hate crime. In my dual role as CCP for London South and as the national hate crime lead, I am determined to ensure that, together with you, communities subjected to divisive and insidious hate crime, are made to feel safer. You can learn more about our work with communities in my recent post here.
“The CPS works closely with our police partners to prosecute hate crime and to support victims through the process. We have a joint responsibility to bring more offenders to justice and to secure harsher sentences in hate crime cases. I would like to strongly encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of hate crime to please report it to the police. I can assure victims of hate crime of our commitment to bring perpetrators of hate crime to justice.
“To read about recent prosecutions in which my prosecutors have obtained justice for victims of hate crime, see below.”
Man convicted of antisemitic hate crime in Westminster
Our Crown Court unit prosecuted a man who racially abused an activist against antisemitism after he refused to shake his hand. Piers Portman, 50, has been convicted of a hate crime after he called the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s CEO “Jewish scum” during the incident at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 14 June 2018. They had both been observing a case at the court. Portman was convicted of one count of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress following a trial at Southwark Crown Court and will be sentenced later this month. 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.
Read the CPS press release here.
Parents of teenager assaulted given hate crime sentence uplifts
Our in-house advocate presided over the hate crime case of a husband and wife who assaulted their teenage daughter after finding out about her sexuality. The victim who left the house to meet friends was assaulted by her parents when she returned after they found out she did not identify as heterosexual. During the life of the case a five-year forced marriage protection order was also successfully sought to keep the victim safe. Both defendants were given 12-month community orders, made to carry out unpaid work with the hours uplifted and ordered to partake in a rehabilitation activity requirement for 25 days addressing attitudes towards diversity and sexuality.
Preacher who made homophobic remarks in Hyde Park’s Speakers' Corner convicted
Our Magistrates’ Court unit prosecuted a preacher who made homophobic remarks to a fellow speaker in Hyde Park. Omar Mohamad, 65, known as ‘Uncle Omar’ was convicted of a hate crime after he used threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He went to trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court, on 1 September 2021 and the CPS will be applying for an uplift in sentence at a hearing later this month.
Read the press release here.
Sentence increased in hate crime against elderly person
A fraudster who scammed an elderly victim out of £2,000 had his unduly lenient sentence quashed in the Court of Appeal. His sentence of 21 months' imprisonment suspended for 24 months was increased to three years and one month in custody after it was submitted by the Solicitor General that the overall sentence had been unduly lenient. The victim had lived alone in Ilford and individuals had taken advantage of him by pretending to be builders demanding that he pay them £2,000 to undertake essential work to his house.