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CPS North East - Hate Crime Sentence uplifts August 2021

|News, Hate crime

Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences either demonstrate or have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexuality. Below are examples of hate crime cases recently prosecuted by CPS North East, each of which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence.

The defendant received an immediate custodial sentence after being convicted of intentional harassment towards a hostel supervisor to whom he was homophobically abusive. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence by extending the term of imprisonment to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of harassment following a verbal altercation with neighbours to whom the defendant used disablist language. She was sentenced to a twelve-month conditional discharge. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the fact this was a disability hate crime.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated threatening behaviour after he made threats towards the owner of garage premises and racially abused him. He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for twelve months. The court announced that they had uplifted the sentence from a community order to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted at the Crown Court of affray after a confrontation with police officers during which he threw things and used his dog to threaten them whilst using homophobic abuse. He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months. The court announced that the sentence had been increased by a third to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated harassment after he was racially abusive towards bank staff when he could not complete a transaction. He was sentenced to a fine of £383. The court announced the fine had been increased to reflect the racial aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment and assaulting her neighbour after she subjected her to an unprovoked tirade of racist abuse and pushing. She was sentenced to a fine of £120 and ordered to pay compensation of £150. The court announced that the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant received an immediate custodial sentence of four weeks after he was convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment of a store assistant in Tesco where he had been challenged for stealing. The court announced it had extended the term of imprisonment to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of religiously aggravated intentional harassment after he confronted a female victim in a park, abused her and threatened to set his dog on her. He was sentenced to an 18-month community order with rehabilitation activity requirements and fined £80. He was ordered to pay compensation to the victim in the sum of £100. The court announced it had increased the sentence to reflect the religious aggravation.

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