Archive

Tag Archives: suspended sentence

A former soldier who posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims and slaughtering refugees was today spared jail.

Donna Bowdler avoided prison last September after making vile remarks on the social network about the death of Muslims and destruction of mosques.

But while on bail over those offences, dating from October to December 2015, she made yet more offensive posts, between January and August 2016.

She wrote about slaughtering refugees and later said: “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough gunna be so much fun hanging Muslims”.

In response to an article about a flag being raised at Rochdale Town Hall to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan, she posted: “This is high treason.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard the 41-year-old added: “That paedophile flag will be getting torched along with those that support it. #EnglishKelts EK NS.”

 Donna Bowdler, 41, of Samuel Street, Warrington, handed nine months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting publishing written material which is threatening/abusive/insulting with intent or likely to stir up racial and religious hatred (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Donna Bowdler, 41, of Samuel Street, Warrington, handed nine months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting publishing written material which is threatening/abusive/insulting with intent or likely to stir up racial and religious hatred (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Lee Bonner, prosecuting, said Bowdler, of Samuel Street, Warrington , discussed “every Muslim in Britain getting waxed”, which was “urban slang for the act of being killed”.

Police discovered an arsenal of weapons at her home, including knives, machetes, axes, a baseball bat, bows and arrows, stun grenades and a throwing star.

Bowdler admitted publishing written material which was threatening, abusive or insulting with intent or likely to stir up both racial and religious hatred.

Police first investigated her in 2015 after she sent a “concerning” signed letter to the commanding officer at an army barracks.

When Cheshire Police officers visited her house, she was asked if she had any weapons and revealed a legally-owned air pistol and air rifle.

But she failed to mention a pepper spray canister – bought from Amazon for £11 – which was discovered along with three bags of cannabis.

She was bailed pending further enquiries and the initial series of posts were found on her Facebook account when it was examined.

Magistrates handed Bowdler 28 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, plus a 24-day rehabilitation programme last year.

Mr Bonner said Bowdler enlisted in the army in November 1995 and was discharged in November 1997.

He said there were no offences listed on her record and no mention of any tours of duty, despite her suggesting she had served abroad.

He applied for a forfeiture and destruction order for the weapons subsequently found in Bowdler’s home, over which she was not charged.

Claire Jones, defending, said her client had references from people including an ex-forces support network representative.

Judge Anil Murray said the posts were “grossly offensive” but Bowdler had not repeated the “serious offences” and could be rehabilitated.

He said: “These were vile utterances from you and you ought to be deeply ashamed of yourself.

“They are designed to stir up racial and religious hatred. This type of material can incite others not just to feel hatred, but to commit acts of violence.”

The judge said she demonstrated remorse, was no longer associating with the same people and was doing voluntary work.

Judge Murray said Bowdler suffered from mental health issues and was “suffering particularly badly” at the time.

He said doctors believed she was making progress, although a clinical psychologist’s report was “disturbing”.

Judge Murray said: “It’s clear you are someone who has had significant difficulty. You’re described as vulnerable and psychologically fragile.

“You have a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. It’s said if you are sent to prison, one could expect the emergence of self harm.”

Judge Murray handed her nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He added: “You need to understand that you have come very close to being sent to prison. If you breach this order, you and I will meet again.”
Liverpool Echo

Advertisements

Paul Whiteside took the girl to his mother’s house after she ran away following an argument with her family, who thought she was in a relationship with him.

An English Defence League activist who was being arrested for the abduction of a 15-year-old school girl “lied his head off” to police.

Paul Whiteside, 47, assisted the girl after she ran away from her home in Louth taking her to stay at his mother’s home in Derbyshire, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said that Whiteside knew the girl through his involvement in the EDL and met her after school on a number of occasions attracting the attention of neighbours who reported the matter to the police.

Miss Harrison said “They had met through mutual friends involved in the EDL. She had on occasions travelled with him and others to various demonstrations.

“It came to light that she had met him on several occasions after school. He was parked outside and she was seen talking to him for perhaps up to an hour at a time.

“Neighbours were concerned and took photographs and contacted the police.

“The matter was raised with the girl and her friend. She accepted it was her and said it only happened once.”

Miss Harrison said that there was an argument within the family about the matter and subsequent to that the girl ran away.

“She ran off and was reported missing. It is clear she contacted the defendant. He said he felt he could do nothing else but assist her.

“They travelled to Derbyshire that night and stayed at his mother’s property. The charge relates to the fact that when she was missing he knew where she was. She was at his mother’s house and he did not return her to Louth.”

Whiteside’s mother called police the following day and her son was subsequently arrested.

Miss Harrison said “Nothing of a sexual nature took place. It is fair to say that there were some photographs on his phone of the girl. They show her in various states of undress and her in the bath. They were not deemed to be indecent images.”

“In his interview he maintained he had no knowledge of where she had been and the last time he had seen her was a week before.”

Whiteside, formerly of the Louth area but now of Skinner Street, Creswell, admitted a charge of child abduction by keeping the child away from her mother in October 2016. He was given a 10 month jail sentence suspended for two years with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 30 days.

He was also given an 18-month restraining order banning him from contacting the girl and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Simon Hirst , passing sentence, said: “She rang you and told you that you were in danger and at risk of violence from family members because of the perception that you were in a relationship with her. You agreed to take her out of Louth.

“You were arrested the following day. You lied your head off to the police telling them you did not know where she was.

“On your phone were photographs of the girl in the bath and in a state of undress. You have not been charged with those photographs but it is clearly a worrying feature of this case.

“It is clear to me that this crosses the custody threshold but given your character, the basis of your plea and the fact that you have effectively done a three month sentence of imprisonment I can suspend that imprisonment.”

Grace Hale, in mitigation, said there is no danger of Whiteside and the girl getting together again.

“He is now out of the area and has no intention of returning to the Louth area.”

She said he spent six weeks remanded in custody which is the equivalent of a 12-week jail term and added that he has kidney disease which involves him receiving dialysis three times a week.

Grimsby Telegraph

Nonce

A man who travelled 470 miles to take part in the Dover riots…fell asleep during his sentencing hearing!

Right-winger Kevin Kennedy journeyed from his home in Edinburgh to take part in demonstrations in support of lorry drivers.

The father-of three, who hasn’t worked since 1989 due to an industrial accident on his back, threw a piece of wood, a rock and another missile during the street battles in January of last year.

But after pleading guilty to violent disorder, Kennedy fell asleep in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court while a judge was deciding his fate.

His lawyer, Phil Rowley, who had to wake him up, explained that Kennedy had become addicted to prescription drugs because of his injuries.

He was then given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am for the next four months.

Prosecutor Bridget Todd had told the jury how Kennedy had been caught on film throwing the missiles but there was no evidence if they hit any left-wing opponents.

The judge, Recorder Sir Geoffrey Nice QC told him: “This is a serious offence both locally and nationally for now and for the future.

“And a sentence is required to deter you from ever repeating such an offence. You have been reduced by addiction to prescription drugs which is likely to have had an effect on your personality and your behaviour.

“You travelled a considerable distance to join this demonstration, during which you threw three missiles, although it is not known whether or not they were aimed at individuals.”

Kent Online

A right wing activist who intended to photograph defendants during has narrowly avoided prison.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson, of Bedfordshire, admitted contempt of court on May 8 and was given a three-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months by Judge Heather Norton.

Because of Robinson’s actions both the jury and defendants had to be hustled out of the building away from the normal front door.

Security staff told Robinson not to film within the precincts of the court and warned him he would be arrested.

‘He will be put in jeopardy if he goes to prison’

Robinson claimed he had only been working for an internet TV company for six weeks and hadn’t been taught media law .

He was looking to photograph or confront the defendants who included a juvenile which is against the Contempt of Court Act of 1925 – which makes it illegal to photograph witnesses, defendants or jurors within the court precincts.

Richard Kovaleski, defending, said Robinson had been given warnings that Al Shebab a Muslim extremist group is out to get him.

He said: “He is a marked man. This is not fanciful. He will be put in jeopardy if he goes to prison. Today could be a life changing event.”

‘I take a dim view of your actions. If you commit further offences this sentence will be activated’

Judge Norton said although Robinson only filmed himself in the court building his intention was clear.

She said: “Your intention beyond any doubt was to film the defendants but you were not able to do so.”

There are notices all over the court building prohibiting filming.

Judge Norton said: “This was a deliberate action on your part.

“Your intention was to seek out the defendants. It is abundantly clear you were on a mission to film the defendants.This is not about free speech or freedom of the press, legitimate journalism or political correctness.

“This is about justice. It is about being innocent until proven guilty.

“I find clear evidence of contempt. I take a dim view of your actions. If you commit further offences this sentence will be activated.”

She said any further contempt and Robinson would be sent to jail for three months on top of any further sentences.

Kent Live

A National Front activist who took part in anti-immigration riots changed his views after he found out his ancestors were from India and Pakistan, a court heard.

Shaun Grimsley, 48, had taken cocaine when he was caught on CCTV throwing a St George’s flag during clashes with anti-racist protesters in Dover, Kent, last January.

Afterward he took a DNA test which revealed his ancestors came from India, Pakistan, Ireland, Scandinavia and Spain, Canterbury crown court heard yesterday.

His solicitor James Doyle said gas fitter Grimsley of Cannock, Staffordshire, had abandoned his far-right views and was repentant.

Judge Simon James said: ‘I hope that’s true because this is your one chance. For a large part of your adult life you have held abhorrent and racist views.’

Grimsley pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to 18 months’ jail suspended for two years, plus 200 hours of unpaid work.

Shuan Grimsley (r) with Gary Crane in Dover. 31/1/16

Shuan Grimsley (r) with Gary Crane in Dover. 31/1/16

Jonny Karrasch targeted a three-year-old boy along with a couple

A man launched a random attack on a little boy and a couple out trick-or-treating with their young daughter.

Kirklees Magistrates heard how the bizarre incident in Lockwood happened after Jonny Karrasch downed his pub raffle prize of eight pints of lager.

His behaviour caused one terrified mother and daughter to flee and a pregnant woman and her partner to detain him after he went to a home and assaulted a three-year-old boy standing on the doorstep.

Prosecutor Vanessa Jones, prosecuting, said that on the evening of October 22 Shahbia Shahid and her mother were returning home in their car.

They stopped in Milner Street and as they got out of the vehicle Karrasch approached them. He shouted at the women: “Who do you think you are?

“It will take me two minutes to know who you are and where you live.”

Taking this as a threat, the frightened women ran away with Miss Shahid seeking shelter in a relative’s home nearby.

Karrasch, of New Street in Meltham, continued to shout and swear and grabbed hold of her wrist as she tried to get inside.

Mrs Jones said: “At one point there was a three-year-old little boy stood in the hallway and he grabbed hold of the boy by his shirt and tried to pull him out of the house.”

As the two women at the house tried to push door shut, the 24-year-old let go of the child and got his own leg trapped in the door.

They opened the door to release his leg and managed to close the door on him, resulting in Karrasch punching and kicking at the door and causing £300 of damage.

Police were called and after a few minutes he stopped and ran down the street towards a pregnant woman who was with her partner and eight-year-old girl.

Mrs Jones said: “Karrasch tried to hit the male and because of his demeanour they detained him on the floor until police arrived.

“The (female) witness said that they were walking along the street with their little girl going trick or treating and saw the male with his t-shirt ripped and he was shouting.

“He kept calling her ‘Chelsea’ and said: ‘You say you are with me or if not I’ll get locked up’.

“He peered towards the little girl and said: ‘Come here, beautiful’ and she was scared and started crying.”

As the couple detained Karrasch he used racist language, magistrates were told.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, criminal damage, racially-aggravated threatening behaviour and possession of cannabis.

Victoria Sims, mitigating, described her client’s offences as “totally out of character.”

She explained: “He’d been in the pub, won the raffle and consumed his prize of eight pints of lager.

“Mr Karrasch doesn’t usually drink that much and that’s due to a cocktail of medication he takes.

“He simply doesn’t remember the offences but that doesn’t excuse his behaviour and he hasn’t touched alcohol since.”

Magistrates sentenced Karrasch to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.

He must complete a community order with 10 days of rehabilitative activities and curfew for six weeks.

Karrasch also has to pay £50 compensation to each of his victims and £300 to help fix the damaged door.

Huddersfield Examiner

jk

jk2

jk3

VIOLENT: Mum Shauna Sirrs attacked pub landlord Craig Smith

VIOLENT: Shauna Sirrs attacked pub landlord Craig Smith

An east Hull mother who attacked a pub landlord before posting a homophobic slur about him on Facebook has been spared jail because it would be “catastrophic” for her children.

Shauna Sirrs, 23, was brandishing a glass when she attacked Craig Smith in the Wawne Ferry pub, Bransholme, after she was asked to leave.

Appearing at Hull Magistrates’ Court last month for a trial, Sirrs admitted assault but was found not guilty of sending a communication which conveyed a threatening message, contrary to the Malicious Communications Act.

At Magistrates Court today, Sirrs was handed a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

In her basis of plea, the court heard Sirrs admitted being reckless when brandishing the glass but that her intention was not to use it to hit Mr Smith who suffered a cut to his forehead but did not need hospital treatment.

In sentencing Sirrs, District Judge Fred Rutherford said: “You are the mother of two young children. Sending you away would be catastrophic for your family.

“I am sure you will not involve yourself in this type of behaviour again because you know it will mean prison.”

At last month’s hearing, Mr Smith said Sirrs and her friends were asked to leave because they were smoking in the pub and being disruptive, but Sirrs claimed it was to do with being given the wrong change after she and her group bought drinks.

She admitted injuring Mr Smith with the glass but insisted she only meant to thrown the contents of the glass at him but it slipped, leaving the victim on the floor covered in blood.

According to Mr Smith, she later uploaded the pictures of the injured Mr Smith to Facebook. Once charged with assault, Sirrs took to the social media site and called Mr Smith, who is gay, a “f*****”, the court heard.

Humberside Police were called immediately after the attack and Sirrs was later charged with assault by beating. When she received her summons to appear in court however, Sirrs took to Facebook.

In the post, she said: “Can’t believe [I] have just got this. What a f****** joke. What a grassing f***** c*** of a so-called man! He got glassed in the face, hardly a f****** beating, the lying little grass c***.

“If he wants a f****** beating, I’ll happily give him one.”

HDM ERM NEWS 13-10-16 NOT MAIL COPYRIGHT Screenshots of fb posts Shauna Sirrs put on fb.

Speaking after the last month’s hearing, Mr Smith said: “We started arguing and then all of a sudden a glass came hurling my way and it smashed me in the face. I was probably no more than 30cm away from her and it hit me just under the eye.

“I fell to the ground and was bleeding everywhere. The worst bit is she found it really funny and just started taking loads of photos.”

Mr Smith also admitted the slur on his sexuality was distressing.

He said: “It was deeply upsetting. I’ve worked in the pub industry for more than 30 years and no one has ever taken issue with my sexuality. No one has ever given a damn about my personal life and they have no reason to. It just wasn’t nice.”

As well as the suspended prison sentence, Sirrs was also ordered to pay £200 compensation.

Hull Daily Mail

ss