Prison sentence for Hackney antisemite


A North London man has been sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted last month of racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

Stuart Birnie, a 36-year old Hackney resident, was sentenced on October 28 by Dafna Spiro, a recorder at Wood Green Crown Court.

The Court heard how he told a probation officer in the pre-sentencing report that "all downfalls of his life within a short period were because of the Jews" and that the "situation in Stamford Hill is epidemic [sic]".

CCTV footage from December 17 last year showed Birnie standing at a bus stop on one side of the road in Stamford Hill, N16 before deliberately crossing over to attack his victim, who was standing outside a Kosher shop.

He shouted “F*** all the Jewish people, go f*** yourself, I'm going to kill all the Jews", as well as other abuse. The victim alerted the Stamford Hill Shomrim Jewish volunteer security group, who helped the police apprehend Birnie.

Jacob Weiss from Stamford Hill Shomrim said: "I welcome the immediate custodial prison sentence, it sends out a strong message that such behaviour is wholly unacceptable. Mr Birnie went out of his way to target his victim solely because he was Jewish."

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