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CPS West Midlands: Successful Hate Crime Cases September 2021

|News, Hate crime

In September 2021, CPS West Midlands Magistrates' and Crown Court units successfully prosecuted various hate crime cases. Below are just a handful of the cases we prosecuted.

On 1 June 2021, the 19-year-old defendant threatened his next-door neighbour and hurled transphobic abuse at her. On 30 September, he pleaded guilty to using threatening or offensive words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment alarm or distress at Newcastle Under Lyme Magistrates' Court. He was sentenced to an 18-month community order that included a thinking skills programme, 10 rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR) days, and 60 hours of unpaid community service. The order was extended for another six months to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence, and he received an additional 20 hours of unpaid work.

At Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 27 September, Mark Senter, 28, of Rugby, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence and another public order offence. Having been arrested for other matters, Senter made racist comments about a witness, misogynistic comments towards female officers, abused and threatened to throw acid at officers. He received an eight-week custodial sentence which had been increased by two weeks to reflect the hate crime. He also received a suspended sentence for another matter, and his total custodial sentence was 14 weeks.

Nazrul Islam, 27, of East Ham, threatened a fellow passenger at Liverpool Street station on 6 March 2021. When she sought assistance from staff, Islam racially abused the officer who attended. He pleaded guilty to a public order offence, and a racially aggravated public order offence. On 6 September, Islam was sentenced to 11 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Highbury Magistrates' Court. His sentence was increased from a community order to a custodial sentence to reflect the hate crime. Islam was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer, received  a 12-week curfew and a 40-hour rehabilitation requirement.

Sarah Langdale, 32, of Rugby, was arrested in June 2021 for kicking and damaging the first victim's front door. She racially abused an officer and spat in the vehicle while being transferred to the police station. Langdale damaged her cell at the police station and screamed homophobic abuse at an officer before kicking him. She pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, and a racially aggravated public order offence at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 3 September. On 21 September, Langdale was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with a 12-month community order and 40 days rehabilitation requirement, which was increased from 30 hours to reflect the racist and homophobic elements of the offences. She was also ordered to pay £100 for each damage to the cell and van and £100 to each police officer. 

After being arrested for another matter on 8 June 2021, Paula Pooley, 51, of Coventry, assaulted, kicked and subjected a police officer at the police station to homophobic abuse. She pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 4 August and on 3 September; she was given a 12-month community order with a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement. A six-week curfew was imposed which had been increased to reflect the hate crime. She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation.

Ross Phillip Sneddon, 28, of Hampshire, racially abused a member of railway staff and threatened to assault him with an open bottle of beer he was carrying at Clapham Junction railway station on 26 May 2020. Following a trial at Inner London Crown Court, he was found guilty of racially aggravated fear of violence and sentenced to an 18-month community order, which was later uplifted due to the racist nature of the case. Sneddon received a fine of £250 plus £1000 in costs and £240 in compensation for contempt of court for taking a photograph on a mobile phone in the courtroom.

Daniel Whyte, 31, of Leamington Spa, pleaded guilty to numerous offences at Warwick Crown Court on 10 September. In April and May 2021, Whyte took his girlfriend's car, drove it dangerously, causing a collision and injuring another driver, and then fled the scene before reporting it as a robbery to the police. He later admitted to being the driver, threatened the police call handler, and while detained made racist remarks to a member of the public and a police officer, assaulted several police officers, and damaged the police van, cell, and police custody block telephone. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and disqualified from driving for three years.

Wakahs Nawaz, 29, of Edgbaston, pleaded guilty to wounding, criminal damage, racially aggravated fear of violence, and common assault on the day of his trial at Birmingham Crown Court on 21 July 2021. Nawaz assaulted the victim in December 2020 by hitting her in the head and body with a metal pole. He then became violent and racially abusive towards the officers who apprehended him. On 3 September, Nawaz was sentenced to 133 weeks in prison at the same court.

Taylor Knight, 20, of Kings Heath, was sentenced to 44 months in prison on 3 September at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, child abduction, and theft at an earlier hearing. The sentence was increased to reflect was a homophobic crime and Knight had repeatedly assaulted the victim.

Rachel Candy Carby, 36, of Quinton, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker while using racist language at Birmingham Crown Court on 15 July 2021. On 2 September, she was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison by the same court.

Daniel Wakelam, 30, of Dudley, was a passenger in a taxi driven by the victim on 12 June 2021, who was subjected to religious hostility and punched in the face, requiring stitches. On 16 July, he pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Wolverhampton Crown Court and was sentenced to 21 months in prison on 1 September at the same court. The sentence was increased by nine months to reflect the religious hate crime element of the case. Wakelam was also issued a 10-year restraining order prohibiting him from using the victim's taxi company.

Adam Daniel Moseley, 39, of Birmingham, was convicted of affray after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court in September 2021. On 5 February 2019, he went to a doctor's surgery for a fitness to work assessment and caused approximately £1000 damage while racially abusing staff members. Moseley received a suspended sentence, which the judge increased by six months to reflect the racist abuse.

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