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Adur and Worthing Bulletin

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Tuesday 3rd December 2019

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Worthing man convicted of disablist and religious hate crimes

A Worthing man has been convicted of disablist and religious hate following an unprovoked incident at a supermarket.
John Stahl, of Wallace Avenue, attempted to purchase alcohol from the Tesco Extra at Durrington around 11.30pm on Saturday 1 June. However, due to his demeanour and behaviour, he was refused.
The 45-year-old, who is unemployed, became aggressive and was restrained by staff, until the arrival of the police. During the incident he assaulted a member of staff, and made a number of abusive and hate-based comments to people nearby, including a wheelchair user.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with assault and two counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment alarm or distress – one of which was religiously aggravated, and one of which was disability aggravated.
Stahl pleaded guilty to all three offences and at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 19 November and was sentenced to a 12-month community order, consisting of a rehabilitation activity requirement, which includes completing 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a £50 fine, £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
The court would have issued a conditional discharge, but imposed the fine due to the religious hate element. The court also increased the numbers of hours of unpaid work from 80 to 100, due to the disablist hate element.  
Adur, Worthing and Horsham Prevention Sergeant, Peter Allan, said: "I am pleased that the court deemed the offences to be hate related and used the powers available to them to increase the sentence imposed. It is especially pleasing as disablist hate crime is recognised as being significantly under-reported.
“The sentence imposed in this case demonstrates the seriousness with which Sussex Police and the wider criminal justice system takes such behaviour. I hope the sentence sends a clear message to those who are victims of hate crime that we will take the matter seriously and seek to hold the perpetrators of such a personal crime to account.
Hate crime can be reported online or by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.”
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Crime summary


Reference: 0930 28/11/2019
Location: Culver Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 8pm and 8am on 28th November
Details: An attempt was made to break into a property No access was gained.

Reference: 1307 28/11/2019
Location: Chesswood Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 5:30pm and 7:45pm on 28th November
Details: Entry was gained to a property by a back door. Jewellery and watches were stolen.

Reference: 1430 28/11/2019
Location: Grantsmead, Lancing
Date and time: Between 4:30pm and 9pm 28th November
Details: A glass pane was removed on a door to gain entry. Nothing was stolen.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0438 01/12/2019
Location: Hayley Road, Lancing
Date and time: Between 18th November and 1st December
Details: A lock was broken on a garage to gain entry. Golf clubs and a generator were stolen.

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