CPS West Midlands Successful Hate Crime Cases September – October 2020
During September and October 2020, CPS West Midlands Magistrates' Court unit successfully prosecuted 240 hate crime cases. Among those targeted by the defendants were police officers, security guards and a commuter. Below are just a handful of the cases we prosecuted.
On 6 February 2020, Mohammed Muqaddin, of Oldbury, was arrested for shouting homophobic abuse at a police officer who was arresting him at Manchester Victoria Railway Station. He pleaded guilty at the first hearing on 8 September at Manchester City Magistrates' Court. He received a two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the police officer. Muqaddin was told that his conditional discharge had been increased by 12 months to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
During the first hearing on 17 September at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Kaamran Ahmed, of Birmingham, pleaded guilty to shouting homophobic abuse at the complainant. He was sentenced to a community order for 18 months and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim. Ahmed was also fined £100 to reflect the homophobic element of the crime.
On 3 August 2020, Darren Edwards, of Shropshire, racially abused security staff at Telford Shopping Centre. He pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated fear/provocation of violence by words and one count of using threatening, abusive words to cause harassment. Edwards was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment and informed that his sentence had been uplifted by three weeks to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
While being transported to the police station on 13 June 2020, Jamie Griffiths, of Dudley, racially abused a police officer. He pleaded guilty at the first hearing at Dudley Magistrates' Court on 24 September and was sentenced to 24 weeks' imprisonment and ordered to pay £50 compensation. Griffiths was informed that his sentence had been increased by six weeks to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
On 11 May 2020, Phillip David Masters, of Redbridge, sat near the victim on a train and persistently coughed while not wearing a face covering. When the victim moved seats to avoid him, he shouted racist and anti-Islamic abuse at her. The incident left the victim shaking, fearful that she would have been assaulted and worried about travelling alone. At the first hearing on 7 October at Westminster Magistrates' Court, he pleaded guilty to two counts of racially and religiously aggravated harassment and was fined £300. The fine was increased by £100 to reflect the hate crime element of the offence.
On 15 May 2020, officers attended the property of Jack Francis, of Coventry, following a report of a COVID-19 regulation breach. Francis spat at one officer as he was being arrested and subjected him to racist abuse. He also shouted homophobic abuse towards another officer. At Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 8 October, he pleaded guilty to all charges and received a 12-month community order with 150 hours unpaid work. The unpaid work was increased from 100 hours to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to each officer.
At Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 21 October, Hassaam Ali, of Birmingham, pleaded guilty to racially abusing a police officer who was attempting to arrest him for a breach of the peace. He was sentenced to a community order with a curfew for eight weeks, this was uplifted from six weeks due to the racially aggravated element of the offence. He was also ordered to pay £75 compensation to the officer.
On 28 October at Coventry Magistrates' Court, Wesley Price and Maria Price, of Coventry, pleaded guilty to subjecting their neighbour to abuse which targeted her disabilities, ranging from abuse relating to her health and personal capabilities to accusing her of not being disabled. Maria Price also pleaded guilty to assaulting the neighbour’s partner and was sentenced to a conditional discharge for 12 months. Wesley Price was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge and a restraining order for 12 months. The defendants were informed that their conditional discharge had been uplifted to reflect the hate crime element of the offence.
At Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 15 September, Craig Lee Herlihy, 27, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to subjecting a police officer to racist and homophobic abuse. He was sentenced at the same court on 27 October 2020 to 12 weeks' imprisonment. This was increased from nine weeks to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence. A previous suspended sentence was also activated, and his total sentence was 24 weeks' imprisonment. Herlihy was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer.