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CPS North East - Hate Crime sentence uplifts - December 2020

|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 was convicted of a series of shop thefts and of intentional racially aggravated harassment alarm distress towards the security guard who challenged her. She was sentenced to a community order for 18 months with a drug and other rehabilitation requirements. A compensation order was made in favour of the victim. The court announced that they had increased the sentence to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of two racially aggravated offences of using threatening or abusive language. The first was in respect of an abusive and racially offensive outburst in the Magistrates’ Court whilst the defendant was awaiting trial for the other matters. The second related to the defendant shouting abusive and racially offensive insults whilst on a High Street. She was sentenced to a band B fine of £120 in respect of each offences. The court announced that they had uplifted the sentence from a lower band to reflect the racial aggravation. The court also announced that they would extend the operational period of a suspended sentence, to which she was subject and was in breach, instead of imposing a fine.

The Defendant was convicted of intentional harassment alarm distress and obstruct police after he racially abused his neighbour and threatened to damage her car. When police attended the scene, he was obstructive and resisted arrest. He was sentenced to a twelve-month Community Order with rehabilitation activities. The court announced this had been uplifted from a fine due to the racial aggravation. A twelve-month restraining order was imposed.

The Defendant was convicted of using threatening and abusive homophobic language in the street. He was sentenced to a fine of £300 and ordered to pay compensation of £50. The court announced they had uplifted the fine from a lower band to reflect the hate aggravation. The defendant was made the subject of a restraining order for two years.

The Defendant was convicted after trial of assault by beating whilst uttering homophobic insults and abuse. He was sentenced to a community order for twelve months with an unpaid work requirement of 120 hours. An indefinite restraining order was made in favour of the victim. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and of being threatening and abusive towards police officers whilst under arrest, using homophobic insults. He was sentenced to a twelve-month Community Order with rehabilitation activities. The court announced that they had uplifted the sentence from a fine to reflect the homophobic aggravation 

The defendant was convicted of a number of offences at the Crown Court, including a racially aggravated assault causing actual bodily harm. He was sentenced to a total of 15 months’ imprisonment, which included 6 months for the racially aggravated offence. The court announced that the sentence had been increased to reflect the racial aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of posting a grossly offensive racist message on Facebook in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. He was sentenced to a community order and made the subject of a six-week curfew. The court announced that the curfew had been uplifted by 60% to reflect the racial aggravation.

The defendant was convicted at Crown Court of being racially threatening and abusive towards police officers whilst under arrest. He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the racial aggravation. 

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