Hailsham teenager sentenced for racist abuse in Newhaven

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A Hailsham teenager has been sentenced after yelling racial abuse at a man in a Newhaven supermarket.

In a case highlighted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) this week, Charlie Lloyd Cooper, 19, of Hempstead Lane, was given a 12 month community order for racially abusing a security guard at a supermarket in Newhaven on May 25.

He was sentenced when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 9.

He was also ordered by the court to carry out 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirement, increased from 20 days due to the racial element of the crime. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, a victim surcharge of £85 and compensation of £50.

The CPS say a sentencing uplift was applied to Cooper’s costs.

Sentencing uplifts increase the sentence for any offence where a defendant showed hostility or an offence is shown to have been motivated by hostility based on age, disability, homophobia, transphobia, racist and/or religious grounds.

In a statement released this week, chief crown prosecutor for CPS South East Jaswant Narwal said: “Hate crimes are one of the most insidious cases we deal with. The victims are targeted because of their disability, race, religion and sexual orientation and there is no place in our society for crimes like this. The whole criminal justice system works together to ensure perpetrators of these crimes are given increased sentences, as happened in this case, sending out a message that we will not tolerate any form of hate crime.

“If anyone feels they have been a victim of a hate crime, I would urge them to come forward and report it, so that it can be prosecuted and those responsible brought to justice.”

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