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Man who committed hate crime in the City jailed for 4 months

A man who made homophobic comments and spat at members of the general public has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Abdi Ahmed Shire, 31, of Turin Street, Tower Hamlets (E2), was found guilty of assault and sentenced on Tuesday 2 April 2019 at London Magistrates Court. As well as his jail time, Shire has also been ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim.

On Saturday 24 November 2018 at 00.50, Shire boarded a number 205 bus on Great Eastern Street which was heading towards St Botolph in the City of London. He sat on the top deck and immediately became verbally abusive to passengers, spitting towards them. He was heard saying “gays will die” and similar statements.

When challenged by a passenger, Shire continued to shout “death to gays” and “gays should die” before spitting three times at the passenger.

The bus was met by officers from the City of London Police at the St Botolph stop and Shire was arrested.

Detective Constable Robin Norris, from the City of London Police, said:

“The City of London Police takes hate crime of all types very seriously and we would like to take this opportunity to commend the young man who was the victim in this case for challenging Shire in the brave way he did.

“Hate crime will not go unpunished and it is important the public feel confident to report instances of hate crime to the police.

“We believe these types of crimes are under-reported and it’s really important to us that everyone feels safe and secure in London whether working, commuting, or simply going about their daily lives.
“Our message is very clear - there is never any excuse for abuse, racism, or hate crime of any kind.”

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