Successful Hate Crime Cases May 2021
In May 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.
Stephen Lee Short of Wolverhampton made anti-Semitic comments referring to the holocaust in a social media clip. On 25 May 2021 at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court, Short pleaded guilty to sending an offensive message by public communication and received a 12-month community order which included 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days, an alcohol treatment requirement and a 21-day thinking skills programme. He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work, which had been increased by 50 hours to reflect the racial element of the offence.
On 9 November 2020, Mark Anthony Bonehill of Birmingham, while being moved to a police station, directed homophobic abuse towards one of the police officers. At Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 27 April 2021, Bonehill pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was sentenced on 17 May 2021 to four weeks' imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was informed that the sentence had been uplifted from a community order to a suspended sentence to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
On 16 April 2021, John Smith of Worcestershire, assaulted members of the public at a public house in Worcester. When the police attended, he assaulted one officer by spitting at him and kicked another to the chin. Smith was arrested and transported to hospital where he further assaulted four officers and racially abused a doctor and a police officer. During the first hearing at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on 19 April, he pleaded guilty to two counts of affray and two racially aggravated public order offences. Smith was sentenced at Worcester Magistrates' Court on 24 May 2021 to 14 months' imprisonment and a criminal behaviour order. He was informed that his sentence had been increased to reflect the hate crime nature of the offence.
On 8 November 2020, Marc Darrall of Telford, attended a COVID-19 test centre where he was racially abusive to a security guard after being escorted from the centre for verbally abusing staff. On 21 November, Darrall returned to the centre and was verbally aggressive towards the security officer, threatened to run staff over and assault them further. At Telford Magistrates' Court on 7 May 2021, he pleaded guilty to one racially aggravated public order offence and two counts of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour to cause alarm or distress. Darrell was sentenced to a curfew order for six months, a restraining order for 12 months and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the three victims.
On 17 April 2019, Shane Phillips of Warwickshire assaulted two police officers while waiting for treatment at a hospital. He was also racially abusive to one of the officers. At Coventry Magistrates' Court on 9 April 2021, Phillips pleaded guilty to counts of assault by beating. He was sentenced at the same court on 14 May 2021 to a 12-month Community Order including an Alcohol Abstinence Requirement of 100 days, increased by 10 days to reflect the racist abuse. He was also ordered to attend 25 days of rehabilitation activity and pay £80 compensation to the officers.