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Exhall man sentenced for hate crime

An Exhall man has been given a 12 month community order and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault and a racially aggravated public order offence.

Aaron Parsons, 19, of Grant Road, admitted the offence when appearing at Warwickshire Magistrates' Court on Friday (17 May).

The incident took place on 11 November 2018 in Manse Close, Exhall. The victim of the assault, a man in his 20s, confronted a group of girls he accused of racially abusing him and his partner the week before.

A short time later the women returned with Parsons. Parsons racially abused the victim and punched him.

The victim was not injured in the incident.

PC Cheryl Smith from the North Warwickshire Harm Hub said: "There is simply no excuse for hate crime and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour.

"We will always support victims of hate crime and continue to work to prevent crimes motivated by prejudice and hate."

 

What is a hate crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender's hostility or prejudice towards someone because of their:

  • race or perceived race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)
  • religion or perceived religion
  • sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
  • disability or perceived disability
  • gender identity or perceived gender identity
  • individual characteristics that makes someone appear different e.g. alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance and style of dress

How do I report a hate crime?

  • In an emergency call 999
  • For non-emergencies call 101
  • Call in at your local police station
  • Report online to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk
  • Talk to a trusted friend, family member, support worker, social worker or teacher
  • Through a third party reporting centre

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 20/05/19