Prosecutions

Britain has one of the strongest legislative frameworks in Europe for fighting hate crime and extremism, but it is not being used. Though antisemitic hate crime has risen to record levels, the list of prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service remains short. Hundreds of antisemitic hate crimes are recorded every year, but the number of prosecutions has not even reached 20 prosecutions per annum. To put this in perspective, in 2015, the last year for which figures have been released by the Crown Prosecution Service, 15,422 hate crimes were prosecuted, but only a dozen antisemitic hate crimes, despite a 26% surge in antisemitic crime that year — a rise which continued in 2016. In the absence of law enforcement, antisemitism will continue to spread, antisemites will become bolder, attacks on Jews will become more common and more ferocious, the Jewish community will become more fearful, and the golden era for Jews in Britain will have ended. The situation has become so desperate that we have now launched multiple lawsuits including judicial review proceedings against the Crown Prosecution Service and private prosecutions of individuals that the authorities have failed to prosecute themselves. The Crown Prosecution Service refuses to disclose how many cases of antisemitism it prosecutes each year, so we maintain our own register of prosecutions.

16

antisemitic hate crime cases prosecuted

17

antisemitic criminals convicted

José Manuel Silva was convicted of racially and religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm, distress and criminal damage, including shouting “burn” at Jewish passersby, including children, in Golders Green in London.

Silva was sentenced to 28 days in prison and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a fine of £165.

Richard Reed was convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court for shouting “I’m going to kill you f***ing Jews, I know where you are” and making gun gestures at a recognisably Jewish man who had entered a pub in Suffolk with friends on 5th August 2017. The landlady called the police, who arrested Reed at the scene.

Reed was fined £300 and ordered to pay court costs 0f £85, a victim surcharge of £30 and compensation of £100.

Ineta Winiarski, 33, was convicted of three counts of racially-aggravated assault at Thames Magistrates’ Court. On 3rd July 2017, she approached Jewish wedding guests who her husband was already attacking and whipped Ben Herbst with a dog’s leash and shouted “F***ing Jew”. Ben Herbst’s father, Israel Herbst rushed to protect his son from the attack and was hit by Winiarski in the shoulder. She shouted antisemitic abuse throughout the incident, including shouting “Kurwa” (a Polish expletive) and reportedly telling the Jewish wedding guests in broken English: “Dog stay here England, you Jews go away.”

Winiarski was sentenced to 12-weeks in prison, suspended for a year, as well as being ordered to participate in a rehabilitation programme lasting no longer than 20 days. She was also ordered to pay £40 to each of her three victims, as well as £230 in victim surcharges, and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Kasimiersz Winiarski, 62, was convicted of two counts of common assault at Thames Magistrates’ Court for attacking guests at a Jewish wedding along with his wife on 3rd July 2017.

Winiarski was sentenced to 12-weeks in prison, suspended for a year, as well as being ordered to participate in a rehabilitation programme lasting no longer than 20 days. He was also ordered to pay £40 to each of his two victims, as well as £115 in victim surcharges, and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Paul Pawlowski was convicted of racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress at Brighton Magistrates’ Court for displaying a placard including the words: “Pull the chain, flush the Jew mafia down the drain” on the Old Steine, Brighton on 28th May 2017. He told the police officers who arrested him that if they took his antisemitic placard and leaflets, he would walk through the streets shouting his views.

Pawlowski was fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £85.

‘Christopher’ Charles Panayi was convicted of racially aggravated criminal damage over a road rage incident in January 2017 during which he stopped his car multiple times, exposed and parted his buttocks, called a Jewish man a “F***ing Jewish prick”, punched the Jewish man’s car window and smashed his wing mirror.

Panayi was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community service work, and to pay £1,000 in compensation and £620 in prosecution costs at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. He was also handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Mark Harding was convicted of sending offensive communications at Hendon Magistrates’ Court for telling a fan of a rival football team to “stick your head in the oven like the Jew you are” on Twitter in November 2016, and expressing hope that the fan would “die in a freak car accident”.

Harding was ordered to pay £150 compensation and perform 60 hours of community service. He was also given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

Michael Demetriou was convicted of racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress for shouting “Heil Hitler” and “F***ing Jews” at Jewish victims in London in August 2016.

Demetriou was ordered to pay £640 in costs, and discharged on condition that he commits no further offences for six months.

Lawrence Burns was found guilty of two charges of publishing threatening, abusive or insulting written material with intent or likely intent to stir up racial hatred by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court, over his efforts to spread “vile and offensive sentiments”. He spoke in a YouTube video memorialising American white supremacist leader David Lane, accusing Jews of being “parasites” that wanted to create a “mongrelised race”.

Burns was sentenced to four years in prison by a judge at Peterborough Crown Court.

Abdul Ahaed, 29, was arrested on 26th November 2016 after calling a hostel worker a “Black n*****”. He became very abusive to police and while at the police station, shouted “Jewish c***” on two separate occasions at a police officer. Ahaed pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to two counts of racially aggravated intentional harassment alarm and distress.

Ahaed was sentenced on 24th February 2017 to a 12-month community order, a 6-week curfew between 23:00 and 6:00, a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, a victim surcharge of £85 and payments of £100 each to the hostel worker and the police officer.

Jaroslaw Goloshko shouted “Heil Hitler” and performed a Nazi salute directed at Jewish passersby in Stamford Hill on Christmas Day 2016. He was spotted by volunteers from Shomrim Stamford Hill whilst out on patrol. They followed him and called the police who came and arrested him. Goloshko was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence.

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Sean Creighton, 45, of Enfield, was found to be in possession of the White Resistance Manual 2.4, which police described as the kind of document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. One of Crieghton’s social media posts said “You will never catch me shedding a tear for a n****r, Jew, commie or queer.” One image he posted showed “a number of trees, from each of which is hung one or more Jewish people with the word ‘Jew’ placed upon them by way of a sign.”

Creighton was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for seven offences of incitement to racial hatred, and five years’ imprisonment for a terrorism offence, to run concurrently. He was also made subject to a notification order for 15 years.

Kristian Omilian, 30, stuck antisemitic stickers on a synagogue in Auckland Road, Cambridge, in November 2016. On 9th February, he pleaded guilty to a racially and religiously aggravated public order offence. 

Omillian has been sentenced to a 12-month community order. He was handed a restraining order which prevents him from stepping within 100 yards of the synagogues in Thompsons Lane and Auckland Road and he must participate in up to 15 days of rehabilitation activity and undertake 120 hours of unpaid work.

Clive Wilson, 46, admitted shouting: “Shame Hitler didn’t finish the job, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler, Allahu Akbar” at volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim who suspected him of involvement in burglaries. He had earlier denied the charge.

Wilson was fined £160 and made to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

A 17-year-old neo-Nazi from Bradford and member of the proscribed terrorist organisation, National Action, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made a homemade pipe bomb in order to start an “all-out race war”. The boy, who praised the killer of Jo Cox MP, was arrested by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) in July 2016 after a member of the public alerted police to a series of Snapchat photos, including threats to British Jews and an image of the pipe bomb.

The boy was handed a three-year Youth Rehabilitation Order and ordered to receive intensive counselling from a deradicalisation expert.

John Nimmo sent antisemitic messages to various Jewish people. One message to Luciana Berger MP, who is Jewish, said: “You are going to get it like Jo Cox did. So you better watch out Jewish scum” and included a photograph of a large kitchen knife.

Nimmo was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. He pleaded guilty to nine charges relating to grossly offensive, threatening and false communications. His sentence was increased on account of his convictions for previous similar offences and the racist nature of his messages.

Daren Thomas, of Westcliffe-on-Sea, sent a series of antisemitic death threats to a Jewish man, also threatening his wife and children, between July and August 2016. One message said: “Have you seen inglorious barstard’ [victim’s name]? The swastika on the forehead is a nice touch! Nazi jew boy!” His messages made multiple mentions of the victim’s family, including: “I’m going to find your home retard. I know your married, and God, I hope you have kids!! I want them to see you on your f***ing knees!” Thomas was convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment.

Thomas was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months conditional on his undertaking a behavioural training course. A restraining order was also put in place directing that he should not attempt to make contact with the victim and he was also ordered to pay a £300 victim surcharge.

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antisemitic hate crime cases prosecuted

17

antisemitic criminals convicted

Vandell Brooks, 39, who has a history of racism, pleaded guilty to shouting: “F***ing Jewish c***”  at volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim who suspected her of involvement in burglaries.

Brooks was fined £200, plus a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a neo-Nazi, was convicted by a jury of racially-aggravated harassment under Section 32 (1)(a) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. He was tried over the racially-aggravated harassment of Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

Bonehill-Paine was sentenced to an additional two years in prison until at least April 2018, when he becomes eligible for release on licence. At the time, he was already serving a three year and four month sentence for his efforts to incite antisemitic demonstrations against the “Jewification” of parts of London.

Fabian Richardson, a fan of Chelsea Football Club, was convicted for performing 13 Nazi salutes in 15 minutes at a football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in May 2015.

Richardson was banned from football grounds for three years and ordered to pay £365. He was also banned by Chelsea Football Club indefinitely.

Herminio Martinez, 86, was convicted for racially aggravated threatening behaviour after launching into an antisemitic tirade on 8th February 2016 following a city planning meeting at which Jewish businessmen were permitted to construct a block of flats.

Martinez was handed a two-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £625 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Shehroz Iqbal was convicted after making antisemitic death threats on 11th September 2016. Iqbal shouted “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill all of you Jews — you killed my brothers” at a Jewish motorist.

Iqbal pleaded guilty and was given a suspended sentence of 16 weeks’ imprisonment and 80 hours’ unpaid work.

Kamil Malmon, of Polish origin, wrote “F*** da juda” in pencil on the wall of Pinner Synagogue in June 2016. He was found guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage.

Malmon was given a 26 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £735.

James Evans sent 17 antisemitic letters to BBC employees. In the letters, Evans referred to Jews as “Yids”, “Zionists” and claimed “Jewish people rule the world.” He was found guilty of breaching a restraining order, banned from entering BBC Hereford and Worcester and making contact with members of staff.

Evans was given a new four year restraining order, ordered to pay a fine of £150, a 12 month community order, pay court costs of £135, and a victim surcharge of £75.

A 14-year-old boy, who could not be named because of his age, was arrested on 31st January 2016 in Stamford Hill after he put lit fireworks into the pockets of Jewish pedestrians as they passed him in the street. He was convicted by Hackney Youth Offender Panel of intentional harassment contrary to section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986.

The boy was sentenced to a one year referral order and ordered to pay £20 compensation.

17th June 2016

Geoffrey Ingram was involved in a minor motoring incident in June 2015 on Regent Street in London where he intimidated the victim, readily identifying him as Jewish because the victim was wearing a kippah, and shouted a series of antisemitic insults and threats. He pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to racially aggravated abuse.

Ingram was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, half on licence, and ordered to pay £250 in costs, £200 compensation and £80 victim surcharge.

Wilberth Henry was convicted of antisemitic harassment and threats after shouting “I’ll f***ing beat you up, you f***ing Jewish c***”. Henry failed to attend court, but was convicted in his absence on evidence given by a member of Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

Henry was sentenced to three months in prison.

Richard Prendiville, a fan of West Ham United Football Club, was convicted under the Crime and Disorder Act of racially aggravated harassment alarm and distress for singing antisemitic football songs on a train.

Prendeville was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £23 plus £350 costs.

A man named only as R. Peacock, a fan of West Ham United Football Club, was convicted under the Crime and Disorder Act of racially aggravated harassment alarm and distress for singing antisemitic football songs on a train.

Peacock was fined £270 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £27 and £350 costs.

David Gregory shouted antisemitic insults in the street in Derby on 14th November 2015 after the terrorist attacks in Paris the previous day. He made numerous antisemitic comments and other remarks about people with dark skin.

Gregory was ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Darren Mark Lumb launched an antisemitic verbal attack in the street against Jon Trickett, Labour MP for Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, in January 2015. He pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to one count of religiously aggravated harassment and stalking with fear of violence and one count of breaching an anti-social behaviour order.

Lumb was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Rashal Miah, an Uber driver, abused the Jewish driver of a school bus full of children who asked him to reverse his car which was travelling the wrong way down a one-way street on 29th September 2014. Miah left his black Mercedes and threatened the Jewish man who was identifiable as Jewish from his clothing. Miah had pleaded “not guilty” to shouting: “Shut the f*** up, you f***ing Jew. I will slit your throat.” He went on to refer to the school van driver as “Yehudi” (Jew) and said: “I’m going to kill all the Jews.” He was found guilty of racially and religiously aggravated harassment.

Miah was sentenced to a six month suspended prison sentence. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and attend 15 days of ‘anger management’ training, as well as covering the prosecution costs of £900.

Thomas Flynn, yelled abuse, mimicked the sound of hissing gas and made Nazi salutes at Tottenham Hotspur fans during a match at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on 19th December 2015. He was convicted at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

Flynn was handed a three-year banning order preventing him from attending games in Britain and requiring him to hand his passport to police before major games abroad. He was also handed a 12-week community order and curfew, banned from going within a mile of St Mary’s Stadium four hours before and after kick-off on matchdays, and ordered to pay £145 in costs.

Michael Haydon, yelled abuse, mimicked the sound of hissing gas and made Nazi salutes at Tottenham Hotspur fans during a match at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on 19th December 2015. He was convicted at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

Haydon was handed a three-year banning order preventing him from attending games in Britain and requiring him to hand his passport to police before major games abroad. He was also handed a 12-week community order and curfew, banned from going within a mile of St Mary’s Stadium four hours before and after kick-off on matchdays, and ordered to pay £145 in costs.

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antisemitic hate crime cases prosecuted

17

antisemitic criminals convicted

15,442

total hate crime cases prosecuted

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, was unanimously convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of incitement to racial hatred for calling for “anti-Jewification” demonstrations in neighbourhoods with large Jewish populations. The demonstrations ended after action by Campaign Against Antisemitism. His Honour Judge Leonard QC called materials produced by Bonehill-Paine “about the most inflammatory documents I will ever see,” adding, “With time I hope you can mature and see the harm you are doing.”

Bonehill-Paine was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

Issa Khazaal was found guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court of performing a Nazi salute directed at a group of Jewish people outside Selfridges on Oxford Street, London. The incident took place in September 2014 at a demonstration.

Khazaal was fined £660 (including £220 due to the racially-aggravated nature of the crime), and ordered to pay £150 in compensation and £777 costs.

Joseph Kelly,17, was convicted of an attack on four Jewish boys in Manchester on 5th September 2015. Moshe Fuerst, aged 17, was the most seriously injured. He was knocked unconscious with a blow to the head and continued to be assaulted as he lay helpless on the ground. He suffered a fractured skull and had to be placed in a medically-induced coma. Antisemitic slurs were shouted at the victims and one of their skullcaps was spat on. Kelly pleaded guilty to one count of section 18 assault, one count of section 47 assault and two counts of section 39 assault.

Kelly was sentenced to youth detention for 18 months and ordered to contribute towards a £1,000 payment to the victims.

Zach Birch,17, was convicted of an attack on four Jewish boys in Manchester on 5th September 2015. Moshe Fuerst, aged 17, was the most seriously injured. He was knocked unconscious with a blow to the head and continued to be assaulted as he lay helpless on the ground. He suffered a fractured skull and had to be placed in a medically-induced coma. Antisemitic slurs were shouted at the victims and one of their skullcaps was spat on. Birch pleaded guilty to one count of section 47 assault and two counts of section 39 assault.

Birch was sentenced to youth detention for 12 months and ordered to contribute towards a £1,000 payment to the victims.

Nicholas Sweeney, 34, from Clapton, pleaded guilty at Thames Stratford Magistrates Court to two counts of racial religious harassment, and criminal damage to a police cell, after shouting antisemitic abuse at two Jewish men. He was reported to police by Shomrim Stamford Hill.

Sweeney was sentenced to 49 days in prison and ordered to pay a £80 victims surcharge and £166 for repairs to the police cell.

Anthony Michael pleaded guilty at Stratford Magistrates’ Court to racially threatening behaviour and racially aggravated criminal damage after he was filmed directing a Nazi salute at a Jewish van driver in London.

Michael was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months. He was also handed a community order for 20 days of rehabilitation activity and ordered to comply with an electronically monitored curfew for 8 weeks. He was also ordered to pay £250 victim compensation and £85 court costs.

Taha Bakhit, 24, from Swindon, pleaded guilty at Swindon Crown Court to racially aggravated common assault. He attempted to throttle and blind his flatmate, Sayed Hussain whom he told: “you are Jewish, you are Jewish, you will go to burn in hell fire”. He also threw a fire extinguisher at him and threatened him with a pair of scissors. He told officers he would behead him.

Bakhit was sentenced to nine months in prison.

Nicholas Goodwin, 23, from Troon, sent a photo of himself with a Nazi flag to a Jewish woman on 29th June 2015 in revenge for her stopping him from contacting her vulnerable son. He was convicted at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

Goodwin was sentenced to six months in prison.

Adam Elliott, 24, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress at Newcastle Crown Court to shouting “I’m going to kill all Jews” and “Free Palestine” from a car driven by Muzamel Hussain in Gateshead on 20th July 2014. He then went into a shop and said “I hate Jewish f******”.

Elliott was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months and handed a 12-month supervision order.

Muzamal Hussain, 28, from Fenham, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to racially aggravated harrassment, alarm and distress after Adam Elliott, who was travelling in his car, shouted “I’m going to kill all Jews” and “Free Palestine” through the window as they drove through Gateshead on 20th July 2014.

Hussain was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months and handed a 12-month supervision order.

Jakub Lukasz Kawczynski was challenged by a Jewish man for urinating in public whilst children were playing nearby on 21st June 2015. Kawczynski became very abusive and used racist language, including “F***ing Jewish f***ers”. He was followed by Shomrim who alerted the Police and followed Kawczynski until he was arrested. Kawczynski pleased guilty to racially aggravated harassment at Thames Magistrates’ Court.

Kawczynski was ordered to pay £795, including £200 compensation to the victim.

John Curchod pleaded guilty to sending antisemitic tweets just moments before his case was to be heard in Hastings Magistrates’ Court. In August 2014, he tweeted to a Jewish Twitter user: “The world will exterminate you. As Hitler failed to do in entirety.” When other Twitter users tweeted that he should be reported to the police, he replied: ”We are waiting – got the shot guns [sic] man – ready to shoot Jews.” He asked: “Why are Jews so despicable?” clarifying: “I just hate Jews”. He also predicted that “Police probably don’t give a f*** about Jews”.

Churchod was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £650 costs.

Mahmudul Choudhury, 35, an IT teacher, was convicted of racially aggravated harassment alarm and distress at Bromley Magistrates’ Court. He had used his Facebook page to praise Hitler for murdering Jews, sharing an image of Hitler captioned: “Yes man, you were right. I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was killing them. Share this picture to tell the truth a whole world.”

Choudhury was fined £465 and ordered to pay a £47 victim surcharge. Campaign Against Antisemitism also secured a Prohibition Order banning Choudhury from teaching for life.

Balawal Sultan, 18, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to assaulting a rabbi at Newcastle Crown Court. He had sent a text message saying: “I’m going to go Jew bashing. Haha.”

Sultan was committed to a young offenders’ institution.

Kesa Malik, 19, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to assaulting a rabbi at Newcastle Crown Court.

Malik was committed to a young offenders’ institution.

Hassnain Aliamin, 18, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to assaulting a rabbi at Newcastle Crown Court.

Aliamin was committed to a young offenders’ institution.

A 17-year-old boy from Newcastle, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to assaulting a rabbi at Newcastle Crown Court.

The teenager was committed to a young offenders’ institution.

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