Racist yob ‘de­serves’ jail sen­tence

Judges re­ject ap­peal by thug who threw punch and in­sults at hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity guards

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A 33-year-old West Dray­ton thug who struck out at a nurse and se­cu­rity staff in a racist at­tack in a hos­pi­tal has been told by judges he de­served to be jailed.

Kevin John Pitch­ford hit a guard in the face and was racially abu­sive dur­ing the in­ci­dent in the A&E of West Mid­dle­sex Hos­pi­tal in Isle­worth.

Pitch­ford, of Po­cock Av­enue, was jailed for six months at Isle­worth Crown Court in July, after he ad­mit­ted charges of as­sault and raciallyag­gra­vated ha­rass­ment.

But he chal­lenged the sen­tence at Lon­don’s Crim­i­nal Ap­peal Court as his lawyers ar­gued his prison term should have been sus­pended so he could serve it in the com­mu­nity.

Pitch­ford’s lawyers said he was treated un­fairly com­pared to his girl­friend, Char­lie Sad­grove, who was also in­volved in the at­tack but was given a sus­pended sen­tence.

But his ap­peal was re­jected by three of the most se­nior judges in the coun­try, who said the na­ture of his abuse of the staff jus­ti­fied the jail time.

The cou­ple were at the A&E ward on Oc­to­ber 12 2014 after Pitch­ford had in­jured him­self, when both be­came abu­sive to­wards a nurse.

Se­cu­rity were called, but were abused.

Pitch­ford said to two guards: “You f***ing Nige­ri­ans, don’t come close to me or I’ll kill you.”

He then punched one of them in the face, caus­ing bruis­ing to his cheek­bone.

Se­cu­rity staff then at­tempted to re­strain the pair, as Sad­grove yelled: “You can’t do this, I’m a lady.”

Mr Jus­tice Had­donCave told the court Pitch­ford was shout­ing “in the most racist and abu­sive man­ner” be­fore po­lice ar­rived and ar­rested him and Sad­grove.

Sad­grove also ad­mit­ted racially ag­gra­vated ha­rass­ment, but was given them­selves a sus­pended sen­tence for the of­fence.

Pitch­ford’s lawyers ar­gued the dif­fer­ence in the cou­ple’s sen­tences seemed to be be­cause she was a woman and preg­nant at the time.

But Mr Jus­tice Had­don-Cave said Pitch­ford threw a heavy punch dur­ing the in­ci­dent and had a bad crim­i­nal record – two points which did not ap­ply his girl­friend.

Sit­ting along­side Lady Jus­tice Sharp and Mrs Jus­tice Elis­a­beth Laing, Mr Jus­tice Had­don-Cave added: “This was a par­tic­u­larly nasty in­ci­dent in­volv­ing ter­ri­ble racial abuse of hos­pi­tal staff.

“It was en­tirely dis­grace­ful and courts will do their ut­most to pro­tect hos­pi­tals from this sort of con­duct. An im­me­di­ate sen­tence of six months was am­ply jus­ti­fied in the ap­pel­lant’s case and in no view can it be con­sid­ered man­i­festly ex­ces­sive.”

The court did, how­ever, re­duce Pitch­ford’s sen­tence by 19 days, be­cause of time he spent on elec­tronic cur­few while on re­mand.

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