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CPS North East - Hate Crime Sentence Uplifts - July 2021

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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 assaulting his mother by spitting at her and punching her to the head after she refused to pay his drug debts. He was also convicted of homophobic abuse towards the arresting officer and of resisting arrest. He was sentenced to twelve weeks’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months with unpaid work requirement. He was ordered to pay compensation. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment following a verbal altercation in the street in which the victim was racially abused in the presence of his children. He was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the fact this was a racist hate crime. A restraining order was made for three years to protect the victim and his family.

The defendant, a youth, was convicted after trial of racially aggravated common assault after he made threats towards his aunt whist using racially abusive language. He was sentenced to a nine-month youth rehabilitation order and made to pay compensation in the sum of £50. The court announced that they had uplifted the sentence by a third to reflect the racial aggravation. 

The defendant was convicted of assaulting a staff member at Heron Foods whilst using homophobic abuse.  She was sentenced to twelve weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months with a 12-month exclusion order from the store and compensation to be paid to the victim in the sum of £100. The court announced that the sentence had been increased to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment after he was threatening and racially abuse towards an officer making an arrest. He was also convicted of assaulting the detention officer whilst in police custody. He was sentenced at the Crown Court to an 18-month community order with rehabilitation requirement activities and unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation to the officers in the sum of £50 each. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the racial aggravation. 

The defendant was convicted of racially aggravated intentional harassment of a taxi driver after she subjected him to an unwarranted tirade of racist drunken abuse. She was sentenced to a twelve-month Community Order with rehabilitation requirement activities. The court announced that the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the racial aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of intentional harassment and alarm following an altercation with a street warden to whom he issued disablist threats. He was sentenced to a compensation order in the sum of £150. The court announced it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the disability aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of racially threatening behaviour after he subjected a doctor on duty in Sunderland Royal Hospital to a tirade of racist threats. He was also convicted of racist intentional harassment when, following his arrest, he then subjected the arresting officer to racist abuse. He was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to each victim. The court announced it had increased the length of the period of imprisonment to reflect the racial aggravation.


 

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