Woman who racially abused and assaulted Debenhams sales assistant in Oxford Street sentenced

|News, Hate crime

A woman who racially abused and assaulted a Debenhams sales assistant has been sentenced.

Toneeta Beckford, 33, grabbed hold of the employee’s wrist and said: "Go back to your country, f*****g Muslim". The victim was wearing a headscarf at the time.

The assault took place as Beckford was returning a dress inside the Oxford Street branch of Debenhams on 7 July, 2018.

Today [Monday, 25 February] Beckford was sentenced for a racially aggravated assault. She received a 12-month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement at Westminster Magistrates' Court. She was also ordered to pay costs of £300, a victim surcharge of £85 and compensation of £50.

Lorraine Lewis, from the CPS, said: "This was a racial assault on a victim who was simply doing her job.

"Beckford was caught on the shop’s CCTV assaulting the victim and her aggressive demeanour was also witnessed by others in the shop that day.

"Hate crime has a corrosive effect on our society and  the CPS will not hesitate to prosecute those who commit these crimes."

Notes to editors

  • Toneeta Beckford [DOB: 07.01.1986] is from Sandwell in the West Midlands.
  • Lorraine Lewis is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within CPS London South.

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