CPS West Midlands: Successful Hate Crime Cases September 2022
In September 2022, CPS West Midlands Magistrates' and Crown Court units successfully prosecuted various hate crime cases.
On 25 August 2019, the police were called to a restaurant in Birmingham after reports of a drunken customer racially abusing members of staff. The defendant was arrested and on the way to the police station, she racially abused a police officer. She was charged with racially aggravated harassment which she denied and appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on 28 February 2022 for a trial where she was convicted. On 2 September 2022, she was given a 12-month suspended sentence at the same court which was increased from nine months to account for the racist abuse.
On 15 January 2022, during the Aston Villa versus Manchester United game, the defendant racially abused the victim who was working as a steward at Aston Villa. He was arrested and charged with a racially aggravated public order offence which he pleaded not guilty to. He was convicted after a trial and was sentenced on 22 September 2022. He received a 12-month community order of 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation, £95 victim surcharge and £620 costs. He was also given a football banning order of three years and informed that the sentence had been increased from a fine to a community order because he had committed a hate crime.
On 1 January 2022, the defendant shouted at the victim who was working at Thameslink, demanding to know when the next train was. The victim did not answer him because he was being abusive. The defendant then threatened the victim and verbally and racially abused the victim. He was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and pleaded guilty at the first hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 5 August 2022. He was sentenced at the same court on 16 September 2022 and was fined £257 and was informed that this had been increased from £169 to reflect the hate crime. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.
On 25 March 2022, the defendant telephoned a social worker as he was angry about a decision made by social services. He then racially abused the social worker and was charged with a communications act offence. He also harassed a member of staff at the Hereford Times and was charged with harassment. He was also charged with breaching a community protection notice. The defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on 30 August 2022. He received a community order which included 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days for the hate crime. He was informed that the sentence had been increased from a fine as it was a hate crime. He received financial penalties for the other offences and restraining orders were imposed to protect the victim of the hate crime and the victim of the harassment.
On 19 January 2022, officers were called to Chester railway station to reports of an abusive male. They met the defendant who repeatedly threatened and directed homophobic abuse towards one of the officers. He was charged with a public order offence which he admitted.
The defendant was sentenced at Chester Magistrates’ Court on 14 September 2022. He received a sentence of nine weeks imprisonment and was informed that this had been increased by three weeks to reflect the fact that it was a hate crime. He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation to the officer.
On 17 February 2022, the defendant was at Cardiff rail station with other males, all of them appeared intoxicated. He grabbed the arm of a member of staff, threatened him and hurled homophobic abuse at him. He was charged with assault and a public order offence.
The defendant was sentenced at Merthyr Magistrates’ Court on 12 September 2022 following his guilty plea. He received a financial penalty of £437 and was informed that this had been increased to reflect the hate crime. He was also ordered to pay the victim surcharge of £43 and costs of £85.