Man pleads guilty to anti-Muslim abuse following New Zealand mosque shootings
A 38-year-old man, who was caught on video making offensive comments over the New Zealand mosque attack, has pleaded guilty today (25 October) to religiously aggravated harassment at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
Dean Dyer, a construction worker from Kensington and Chelsea, was drunk and on-board a London Overground train service between West Croydon and Canada Water on 19 March this year when he made religiously offensive comments about the Christchurch attack in front of shocked passengers.
He was sentenced today to a fine of £400. It would have been £200 but the court increased the sentence by £200 after an application by the Crown Prosecution Service, based on the fact that the offence was motivated by and showed hostility towards members of a religion.
His conviction comes on the same day that the CPS published its annual hate crime report which showed that 605 cases were prosecuted as faith-based hate crimes in England and Wales in the 12 months to March 2019. Of those 507 ended in a conviction and 76 per cent of those received a sentence uplift to reflect the true nature of the hate crime.
In the video which was posted on YouTube by an unnamed user, Dyer admitted his hatred for Muslims and showed no sympathy for the 50 victims of the New Zealand terrorist attack.
The video which was recorded a few days after the Christchurch shooting was sent to a Mail Online journalist who reported it to British Transport Police.
Numerous attempts were made to locate Dyer at his home and other locations without success.
When Dyer was eventually located, he accepted that the comments he made were religiously offensive but claimed he could not remember the incident. He went on to say that he would not have said those things if he had not been drunk.
He admitted causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by words.
Emma Lineton from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Dean Dyer denied being a bigot but his actions have proven otherwise. Today, he has admitted his guilt and will now pay for price for his actions.
“Anti-Muslim abuse is a serious issue and has no place in society. We will not tolerate it in any way, shape or form.”
Notes to editors
Emma Lineton is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands
Dean Dyer (DOB: 21 Dec 1980) from Kensington and Chelsea Borough admitted religiously aggravated harassment / alarm / distress by words / writing.