Couple convicted after violent attack at Jewish wedding in Clapton Common

Ineta Winiarski and partner Kasimiersz Winiarski both entered guilty pleas and will be sentenced at a later date


A couple launched an antisemitic attack at a Jewish wedding, a court has been told.

Ineta Winiarski, 33, and partner Kasimiersz Winiarski, 62, ‘terrified’ wedding guests outside Clapton Common Synagogue Kehal Yetev Lev in east London on July 3 this year.

In an apparently random hate crime, Kasimiersz walked over to a driver, David Tangy, who was waiting to transfer the guests from the synagogue, and slammed his door.

He then shoved Mr Tangy as his partner Ineta rushed over brandishing a dog lead.

Ineta Winiarski whipped another guest Ben Herbst with her lead, shouting 'f**king Jew' at him.

Mr Herbst's father, Israel Herbst ran over to protect his son, and was struck in the left shoulder by Ms Winiarski.

She continued to hurl racist abuse throughout the incident, said Demi Ugurtay, prosecuting.

'The complainants were waiting in the car park at the venue as they were doing the transfer for guests for a Jewish wedding ceremony,' said Mrs Ugurtay.

'The two defendants came along, it's stated that Mr Winiarski slammed the door on one of the Jewish driver's car, and then pushed him.

'Then the other male, Ben Herbst is also pushed.

'Mr Winiarski's partner comes along. she starts shouting "f***ing Jew".

'She uses a dog lead to hit Ben Herbst, and is shouting racial language at him and at David Tangy.

'She pushes Mr Tangy as well, and when Israel Herbst comes to the rescue of his son she hits him on the left shoulder.

'Both defendants were interviewed and Mr Winiarski stated that he did not racially assault anyone or use racial language.

'His partner was frank in her interview by police about what happened.'

Kasimiersz Winiarski was not charged with racially aggravated assault, but admitted two counts of assault by beating on Mr Tangy and Mr Herbst.

Ineta Winiarski admitted three counts of racially aggravated assault.

The synagogue at 26 Clapton Common Road has suffered from antisemitic incidents before.

In March this year a mock road sign was put up near the synagogue that indicated to drivers 'beware of the Jews', although the maker of the sign later claimed it was not meant to cause offence.

In 2015 a far-right rally called 'Liberate Stamford Hill' was planned to take place at the adjacent Clapton Common.

Stamford Hill is home to one of the largest orthodox Jewish communities in the world.

The Clapton Common Synagogue was founded in 1993 and has an Ashkenazi Orthodox congregation.

Magistrate Caroline Dillon bailed the pair ahead of their sentencing on 5 September.

'You have pleaded guilty to assault by beating and racially aggravated assault.

'We are unable to sentence you today because we need to find out more about your behaviour before sentencing.'

Ineta Winiarski and Kasimiersz Winiarski, from Hackney, admitted three counts of racially aggravate assault and two counts of assault by beating.

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