Successful Hate Crime Cases January 2021 - CPS West Midlands
During January 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 8 August 2020, Danielle Macken of Solihull was abusive to the general manager of a public house. While being escorted from the premises, she threw the contents of her glass at the general manager and struck her with the glass. Macken then threw a glass at the head of the manager’s husband and slapped another female and struck another male. When police arrived, she made homophobic and racially abusive comments to officers, spat in one of the officer’s face and continued to spit at officers as they attempted to place a spit hood on her. On 22 December 2020 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, Macken pleaded guilty to all offences and was committed to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence. On 27 January 2021, she was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.
While heavily intoxicated, Steven John Parker, of Stoke-on-Trent, racially abused a taxi driver before punching him in the face and headbutting him. The victim managed to escape and stop a passing police car. While being arrested by police officers, Parker kicked one officer in the jaw and chest, and kicked another two officers in the legs. On the day of trial at Newcastle-Under-Lyme Magistrates' Court on 25 January, Parkers pleaded guilty to one count of racially aggravated assault and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker. He was sentenced to 26 weeks' imprisonment and informed that the sentence had been increased to a custodial one to reflect the hate crime element of the offence.
On 18 March 2020, Steve Lear of Warwickshire, racially abused a female who waiting for a parking space to become available in a supermarket car park. Although a member of the public intervened and told Lear to calm down, he continued with the racist abuse and threatened her when she said that she would take a picture of his car. He was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence which he denied but was convicted after trial on 5 January 2021 at Coventry Magistrates’ Court. He was sentenced at the same court on 27 January to an 18-month community order and informed the order had been increased by six months to reflect the offence's hate crime nature.
Between 1 May 2020 and 31 August 2020, Kevin Victor Jordan of Worcester, harassed his neighbours by verbally abusing them, mocking their accents, photographing them when they were in their own garden and playing music loudly. The behaviour had a significant impact upon the family, particularly given the pandemic which meant they could not leave their home freely to escape. Following a trial at Worcester Magistrates' Court on 18 January, Jordan was convicted of one count of harassment and one count of racially aggravated harassment. He was fined £800 and ordered to pay £620 costs.
In January 2021, Michael Patrick Naughton, of no fixed abode, subjected a shop worker to racial abuse when he was asked to leave the shop. He then walked past a member of the public and spat in his face. Police officers attended and Naughton racially abused and threatened two of the officers. At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 18 January, he pleaded guilty to all offences and received a custodial sentence which was uplifted due to the racial element of the offences.