R v Pelham Case no. U20170377/T20170114 …


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R v Pelham Case no. U20170377/T20170114 …

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Decision/ruling/judgment date

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crime type(s) concerned/related

Incitement to violence or hatred

Related hate bias motivation


Groups affected


Court/Body type

National court


Blackfriars Crown Court

Key facts of the case

The defendant posted a number of hateful posts of Facebook including comments such as, ‘what this country needs is a bomb a mosque day’ and ‘we must burn mosques to the ground’.

Main reasoning/argumentation

The defendant pleaded guilty to all eight counts.

Is the case related to the application of the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, the Racial Equality Directive?

Key issues (concepts, interpretations) clarified by the case

This case, and the few cases like it, are significant owing to low number of prosecutions brought for this offence which can only be prosecuted with consent of Attorney General.

Results (sanctions, outcome) and key consequences or implications of the case

The defendant received a 20 month custodial sentence

Key quotation in original language and translated into English with reference details

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