Successful Hate Crime Cases April 2021 - CPS West Midlands
In April 2021, CPS West Midlands Magistrates' Court unit successfully prosecuted a range of hate crime cases. Below are just a handful of the cases we prosecuted.
On 29 April and 13 May 2020, Louise Taylor of Redditch racially abused and assaulted the victim on a bus. Taylor also blocked the path of the victim and prevented her from leaving the bus on both occasions. Following a trial at Redditch Magistrates' Court on 24 February 2021, she was convicted of racially aggravated assault by beating and a public order offence. Taylor was sentenced at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on 22 April to 26 weeks' imprisonment. The judge increased her sentence by 12 weeks to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
On 14 February 2020, at Hull railway station, Christopher Hodgeson, of Kingston Upon Hull, behaved aggressively towards a group of young males. When the victim, a security staff member, tried to intervene, he was racially abused, thrown to the ground, and assaulted by Hodgeson. At Hull Magistrates' Court on 21 January 2021, he pleaded guilty to assault by beating and a racially aggravated public order offence. Hodgeson was sentenced at the same court on 14 April to an 18-month community order with a requirement to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days. The judge informed him that the unpaid work had been increased from 150 to 200 hours to reflect the hate crime. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim.
In February, Alexander Donald Johnson of Staffordshire knocked on the victim's door and shouted homophobic abuse. When the victim went outside, he was subjected to further homophobic abuse and threatened by Johnson. On 23 March at Newcastle Under Lyme Magistrates' Court, Johnson pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence. He was sentenced on 26 April to a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 15 days of rehabilitation activity. He was informed that the length of the order had been increased to reflect the homophobic nature of the offence.
On 23 September 2020, after being ejected from a bar, Jack Molloy of Leamington Spa racially abused and assaulted the security guard and then punched the bar owner in the face. When the police arrived, he racially abused one of the officers. Following a trial at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 1 February, he convicted of two counts of assault by beating and a racially aggravated public order offence. He was sentenced to 18 weeks' imprisonment and informed that his sentence had been increased by eight weeks to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
Josh Spencer Charters of Worcestershire harassed his previous partner and objected to her new partner and racially abused him in messages. On 26 April at Redditch Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment and received a 12-month community order with a curfew for six weeks. He was informed that the length of the curfew had been increased to reflect the hate crime.
On 14 August 2020, Leon Brian Russell, of Solihull, racially abused the elderly victim after she boarded a broken-down bus to collect a free newspaper for her neighbour. He then grabbed the victim as she tried to get off the bus and pushed her, causing her to fall. Russell pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and received a 12-month community order with 15 days' rehabilitation activity requirement. The judge increased his sentence from a fine to a community order due to the hate crime nature of the offence.