Jun 30, 2017 09:54-[Alex Chivers]-A man who abused two Muslim women before striking one of them in the face with a packet of bacon has been jailed after admitting to religiously/racially aggravated assault.
Alex Chivers, 36 (06.08.80) of Bryanstone Road, Waltham Cross was sentenced at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 29 June to 26 weeks’ imprisonment for the assault and 12 weeks’ imprisonment for a public order offence – to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and will complete a 12-month supervision order when he is released on licence.
The offence occurred at 16:40hrs on Thursday, 8 June in Hertford Road, Enfield.
The victim, who is a Muslim in her teens, was walking with her mother when she was approached by Chivers.
Chivers made abusive, Islamophobic comments, calling her, “Isil scum” and shouting “you deserve this”.
He then struck her in the face with an open packet of bacon
The victim was not injured, but was very distressed.
She subsequently reported the offence to police later that day and an investigation was launched by detectives from Enfield Community Safety Unit.
As a result of enquiries Chivers was arrested on Wednesday, 14 June.
He was charged the same day with one count of racially or religiously aggravated common assault and one count of causing racially or religiously aggravated alarm or distress.
Chivers appeared in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 15 June where he pleaded guilty.
He had been bailed to appear at same court on Thursday, 29 June for sentencing.
DC James Payne from Enfield Community Safety Unit (CSU) said: “This was a truly shocking incident.
“The victim was out with her mother and getting on with her day when Chivers abused her and then set upon her with something he knew would both upset and offend her.
“We know other people were present during this attack, including an associate of Chivers’ who filmed the incident. Enquiries are ongoing to trace these people and if you have any information that may assist in identifying them please contact the Community Safety Unit at Enfield via 101.
“The Community Safety Unit here in Enfield would encourage all victims of hate crime to contact police so that the culprits can be identified and brought to justice.”
The Met have long since recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the hidden nature of this crime, which remains largely under-reported. The MPS stands together with policing partners, colleagues and groups to investigate all hate crime allegations, support victims and their families, and bring perpetrators to justice.
We would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken and catch those responsible.
Hate crime can be reported through 999 in an emergency, by dialling 101 in a non-emergency, directly at a police station, through the MOPAC Hate Crime app or through community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA, Galop, or the Community Security Trust. source the met