Words: Steve Brown
A woman who was filmed hurling homophobic abuse during Waltham Forest Pride has been sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Jamila Choudhury, from Walthamstow, was recorded shouting ‘shame of you’ at people as they marched through the London borough back in July this year.
In the video, she was heard shouting: “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
“Shame on you, shame on all of you. Shame on you, you despicable people. Shame on you, you shameless people.”
Last month, she was handed a hate crime charge and appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on October 3 where she was handed her sentence.
The judge sentenced her to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
She was also ordered to pay nine people £100 each in compensation and attend anger management training.
Waltham Forest Police tweeted a statement from DCI Seb Florent who said: “The horrible homophobic comments made by this woman shocked and alarmed not just those out on the Pride event but so many more on social media as footage of this offence circulated far and wide.
“I would like to praise those who came forward and gave information. This case illustrates our determination to act and bring to justice anyone who thinks hate crime, in any form, is acceptable.”
A woman has been convicted of homophobic hate crime public order offences following an incident at an event in Walthamstow in July.— Waltham Forest Police (@MPSWForest) October 4, 2019
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