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CPS North East: Hate Crime Sentence uplifts - June 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 was convicted of harassment towards his neighbour after he had pursued a course of homophobic abuse towards her and her son over a period of a year. He was sentenced to a community order for 18 months with rehabilitation activity requirements. He was made the subject of a 12-month restraining order. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence by a third to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated criminal damage after he threw stones at the window of a neighbour whilst making ‘monkey noises’, damaging a window. He was sentenced to a fine of £120 and made to pay compensation of £300. The court announced that it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the fact this was a racist hate crime.

The Defendant, a Hartlepool Councillor, was convicted of sending offensive racist messages via Facebook. He was sentenced to a total of six weeks' imprisonment. The court announced that they had increased the sentence to reflect the racist nature of the offending.

The Defendant was convicted of common assault and intentional racial harassment after an incident at an NHS hospital where staff were threatened and assaulted by the Defendant for not arranging a taxi for his discharge. He was sentenced to 18 weeks' imprisonment and ordered to pay compensation to each victim in the sum of £100. The court announced that the sentence had been increased to reflect the racist aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of obstructing officers and intentional harassment after he continually gave homophobic abuse towards officers making an arrest. He was sentenced to a fine of £100. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The defendant was convicted of racially aggravated threatening behaviour after an incident in a market square where he shouted random threats of harm and racist abuse. He was sentenced to eight weeks' immediate imprisonment. The court announced it had uplifted the sentence from a community order to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated assault causing actual bodily harm following an unprovoked assault on outside a nightclub. He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation activities and unpaid work requirements. The court announced it had uplifted the sentence by a third to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of streaming an offensive racist video via social media. She was sentenced to an 18-month community order with rehabilitation requirements. The court announced it had increased the length of the order by six months to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated assault by beating after he assaulted a female in a car park and scratched her car whilst using racist abuse. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and a three-month curfew and compensation was awarded. The court announced it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the racist nature of the offence.

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