Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2008] All ER (D) 356 (Jun)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court

Richards LJ and Keith J

Representation Micaila Williams (instructed by Paul Robinson Solicitors) for the appellant.
  Susanna Stringer (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the prosecution.
Judgment Dates: 26 June 2008


Criminal law - Public order - Use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress - Justices finding visible representation which was threatening, abusive or insulting - Whether justices erring - s 5.

The Case

Criminal law Public order. An appeal by way of case stated against the decision of the justices to convict the appellant of an offence, which was racially aggravated, contrary to of the Public Order Act 1986 was dismissed. It had been open to the justices to conclude that the appellant had been aware that posters which he had put on an advertising pillar, and which had displayed the words 'illegal, immigrant, murdered, scum', had conveyed the message that black people who committed crimes like murder were 'scum'.

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