CPS West Midlands: Successful Hate Crime Cases June 2021
In June 2021, CPS West Midlands Magistrates' and Crown Court units successfully prosecuted a range of hate crime cases. Below are just a handful of the cases we prosecuted.
Brett Wells, 45, of no fixed abode, was racially abusive to a Network Rail staff after being told to move on when he was found sleeping on a train. He also racially abused a police officer while in custody. On 1 June 2021, he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for racially aggravated common assault after pleading guilty on 16 April 2021. The judge announced that he would have been sentenced to three months but for the racist element. He also received a one-month consecutive sentence for the racially aggravated harassment.
Eduardo Monterio, 28 of Telford, Shropshire, admitted racially abusing a store security guard and assaulting a second staff member after being suspected of shoplifting. He appeared at Telford Magistrates' Court on 10 June 2021, where he was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 140 hours of unpaid work, which consisted of 100 hours for racially aggravated harassment, uplifted from 80 hours to reflect the hate crime and 40 hours for assault by beating. He was also made subject to a 12-month restraining order.
On his telephone call to discuss a notice of intended prosecution he had received, Jason Robertson, 45, of Normanton, West Yorkshire, used religiously aggravated language towards a police officer. On 30 April 2021, he pleaded guilty to two counts of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress and was sentenced to an 18-month community order, including unpaid work of 120 hours and 20 R&R days on 15 June 2021, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. In addition, he was ordered to pay costs of £535 and victim surcharge.
On 21 June 2021, Laszlo Kovacs, 59, of Tower Street, Leamington Spa, pleaded guilty to three offences under Section 127 of the communications act after sending threatening emails to a journalist, an MP and a member of the House of Lords. He also admitted that the email to the journalist had racist and Islamophobic language. He received a 12-month community order with a four-week curfew, uplifted from three weeks to reflect the hate crime committed against the journalist. He was also made subject to a 12-month restraining order.
Amina Abdullah, 36, of Edgbaston, Birmingham, attended an accident and emergency department while heavily intoxicated and used threatening and abusive language towards emergency workers, including a doctor and a police officer. She also used racist language towards a police officer. At Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 22 June 2021, Abdullah pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment and assaulting an emergency worker by beating. She received a sentence of 14 weeks' custody, uplifted from 12 weeks to reflect the hate crime, suspended for 18 months. The court also imposed a six-week curfew and ordered her to pay compensation of £100 per victim.
Anthony Hand, 39, of Northwood Street, admitted using abusive words to cause alarm or distress towards BTP officers when on 24 November 2020, he was caught on platform two at Birmingham New Street station without a valid ticket. He also admitted using homophobic language towards one of the officers twice. On 23 June 2021, he received a 12-month community order with 30 days rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR), uplifted from 20 days to reflect the hate crime and was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the victim.
On 23 June 2021, Sam Williams, 29, a serving prisoner, appeared at Cannock Magistrates' Court and admitted using racist language towards the victim, a probation officer, who was his support worker. He was fined £153, uplifted from £92 to reflect the hate crime, and ordered to pay £50 in compensation.
After police officers attended her home to arrest her for an unrelated matter, Rebecca Jones, 31 of Wednesbury, admitted assaulting a police officer and using racist and abusive language towards the officer. On 23 June 2021, at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, she was sentenced to three months custody suspended for 12 months, uplifted from one-month custody suspended for one month to reflect the hate crime and a six-month alcohol treatment requirement. She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim.