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Hate Crime – CPS North East sentence uplifts November 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 at the Crown Court of racially aggravated intentional harassment when she racially abused her neighbour and threatened her harm. She was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation activities. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the racial aggravation.  
  • The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress for banging on the window of a fellow resident in a multi-occupancy building and racially abusing him. When police arrived, he threatened to spit at them and also spat at a night porter. He was sentenced to a community order for 18 months with a six-week curfew the court announced that the curfew had been added to reflect the racial aggravation.
  • The Defendant was convicted of assaulting an emergency worker whilst using disablist and homophobic language and for using threatening abusive behaviour towards members of the public. He was sentenced by Magistrates to a fine of £412 and ordered to pay compensation of £200. The court announced the sentence had been increased from a conditional discharge to a fine to reflect the hate aggravation. 
  • The Defendant was convicted of harassment without violence for repeatedly sending homophobic messages to the victim. He was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment and the court announced that this had been increased from 20 weeks to reflect the homophobic aggravation. A five-year restraining order was imposed.
  • The Defendant was convicted of intentionally causing racially aggravated and homophobic harassment, alarm or distress in the street. He was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment and the court announced that it had uplifted sentence from six months to ten to reflect the hate aggravation.
  • The Defendant was convicted of intentionally causing racially aggravated alarm and distress after she abused a detention officer whilst in custody. She was sentenced to a nine-month conditional discharge, which the court announced had been uplifted from six months to reflect the racial aggravation.
  • The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated harassment after he attended a Post Office on two consecutive occasions and racially abused and threatened staff. He was sentenced to a four-month Community Order, which the court announced had been uplifted due to the racially aggravated nature of the offence. A two-year restraining order was made.
  • The Defendants were convicted of racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress towards police officers. They were sentenced to fines of £200 each, which the court announced had been increased to reflect the racial aggravation.

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