Man jailed for coronavirus-related hate crime
A 27-year-old man has been jailed for 16 weeks for a coronavirus-related hate crime.
Ian Rollinson, from Dudley, was sentenced at Walsall Magistrates' Court on Friday 13 March 2020 for two counts of racially aggravated harassment, two counts of assault by beating and one count of theft from a shop.
Rollinson was arrested at the B&M store in Astle Park, West Bromwich, by police on 6 March 2020 for stealing £100 worth of aftershave. He became aggressive towards the officers and in the presence of members of the public, shouted out a series of racist words while referring to the coronavirus.
At his first hearing at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on 7 March 2020, he pleaded guilty to all counts.
Nathan Miebai of the CPS said, “This sentencing sends an important message to those who choose to commit hate crime; we will not tolerate any form of prejudice in our community and we will prosecute all who commit these types of offences.
“As the sentence in this case demonstrates, hate crime is taken seriously by the criminal justice system. The court specifically increased Rollinson’s sentence of imprisonment by one month from 12 weeks to 16 weeks to reflect the racially aggravated element of his offending.”
Notes to editors
- Nathan Miebai is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands.