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Man who shouted anti-semitic abuse at Jewish worshippers has sentence increased


A man who shouted antisemitic abuse at Jews on their way to morning prayers has been sentenced to a 12 month community order with 200 unpaid hours of work.

Glenn Okafor, 32, saw his punishment increased from 150 hours to 200 hours at Stratford Magistrates' Court today (29 September) under hate crime sentencing powers, following an application by the CPS.

Okafor (dob 04/01/1985), of West Norwood, shouted "we will wipe you out", among other insults, to worshippers heading to Sabbath prayers in Stamford Hill, London, on 4 March.

He was found guilty of two counts of intentionally using threatening or abusive behaviour to cause alarm or distress which was religiously aggravated. He was also ordered to pay his victims £150 each.

Jan Lamping, of the CPS, said:

"Stiffer sentences are a powerful way of sending the message that hate crime is viewed very seriously in the eyes of the law.

"These were unacceptable, hostile words and threats directed at worshippers intended to make them fearful of their safety.

"I would encourage all victims to report hate crimes so that others do not become the target of hateful abuse."


Notes to Editors

  1. Jan Lamping is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North with responsibility for magistrates' courts and domestic abuse cases
  2. Crimes which are eligible for an increased sentence are any that are motivated 'wholly or partly' by hostility based on perceived religion, race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.
  3. Increased sentences range from lengthier prison terms to longer community punishments, depending on the crime.
  4. Between January and April this year 419 criminal sentences in London were increased.
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