Teenage bully insulted and threatened to attack disabled woman
A TEENAGE bully targeted a disabled woman with insults and threatened to “batter”.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, kicked the woman’s front door before verbally abusing her.
A court heard that the victim suffers from cerebral palsy athetoid, which affects the right side of her body.
In a victim impact statement she explained that it was clear to the defendant that she was disabled because she walks with a stick, can only use one arm to complete tasks, and has involuntary movements.
She said she believed it was the defendant’s intention to cause her distress.
James Burnham, hate crime coordinator for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex said: “Mocking, intimidating, and targeting someone because of their disability is utterly unacceptable.
“Perhaps offenders think that victims, because of their disability, either cannot defend themselves or are too scared to do so.
“What they may forget is that the best way for victims to protect themselves is to report these incidents to the police.
“Our aim, with the police, is to bring these offenders before the court and for the public to know what pernicious crimes they have committed.
“In this case the defendant kicked the front door of a building in Winchester where the victim happened to be.
“He verbally abused the victim after she had challenged him on his behaviour and clearly targeted her disability when making a threat to ‘batter’ her and using appalling insults.
“We would like to praise the victim for her bravery in contacting the police.
“As a result the defendant was arrested, brought before the court and due to the compelling evidence gathered in this case he was left with no choice but to plead guilty.
“Our prosecutor at Basingstoke Youth Court made it clear that the defendant’s criminal behaviour was aggravated because he showed hostility towards the victim’s disability and as result his sentence received a six month uplift.
“We urge victims and witnesses of crime against disabled people to report these crimes.”
The defendant, now 18, was initially given a 12-month rehabilitation order for criminal damage. but this was increased to 18 months after the court heard the incident was aggravated due to the hostility shown towards the victim.