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UK Govt Review Lenient Sentence Given For Polish Student Karolina Szumko's Racist Attack

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We live in a diverse society in which all people, regardless of race or religion should be made to feel welcome. Equally, unwarranted violent and offensive behaviour should not be tolerated.

On Monday 13th March 2017 Judge Adrian Turner was quoted to have stated, “I’m not sending a lady to prison for something like this”, as he gave student Karolina Szumko an extremely lenient sentence for racially abusing and physically assaulting a door man and a police officer in Notting Hill, London.

Her gender should play no part in determining the the severity of her sentence. Also, I have no doubt the judge was influenced by the fact that she is white and blonde, in view of the broader meaning of the above quoted statement by the aforementioned.

The outcome of this case sends a worrying message to our youth, as well as making ethnic minorities feel as though they are fair game for being assaulted and racially abused, without there be any serious impact on the life of the perpetrator, should they be caught.

I would like The Attorney General to review the sentence passed down in this case, as it does not match the seriousness of the crime committed and the offence/ insult caused to the wider ethnic minority community.

Lastly, The Attorney General should reprimand Judge Adrian Turner for displaying positive discrimination in favour of the perpetrator, which should never play a role in sentencing. I have no doubt that had the perpetrator been a black man, a custodial sentence would have been administered.

 



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