Café racist gets light sentence

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

A MAN who went on a racist rant in a cof­fee shop, say­ing all Jews should be killed, has been given a sus­pended prison sentence, spark­ing crit­i­cism from the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust.

Waeil Hammed, 38, made the re­marks as he read aloud from a news re­port on the Is­raeli in­va­sion of Le­banon, in a Wat­ford café last Au­gust.

Last Fri­day, he was sen­tenced to a 51week prison sentence, sus­pended for two years, and was made the sub­ject of a two-year su­per­vi­sion or­der.

He was con­victed of us­ing racially abu­sive words, racially ag­gra­vated as­sault by beat­ing, and com­mon as­sault.

St Al­bans Crown Court heard that Hammed was con­fronted in the café by a young Jewish man, Justin Nathan. A pro­longed al­ter­ca­tion de­gen­er­ated into push­ing and swear­ing by Hammed, who told Mr Nathan: “I am go­ing to kill you, you f***ing Jew. If I see you again I am go­ing to kill you.”

Mark Gard­ner, the CST’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, told the JC: “This sentence is clearly un­sat­is­fac­tory and will do noth­ing to de­ter racists. The Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice is cur­rently analysing its per­for­mance on an­ti­semitic in­ci­dents and we will do our ut­most to en­sure that this case forms part of its re­view.”

A spokesman for the CPS said: “We take cases of racially ag­gra­vated vi­o­lence ex­tremely se­ri­ously and, where there is ev­i­dence of ag­gra­va­tion, we will al­ways pros­e­cute ro­bustly.”

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