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Man jailed for shouting 'Heil Hitler' and 'go have a sausage sandwich' to Stamford Hill family

David Aherne threw racist abuse at the couple and their three children on the 149 bus

    The incident happened on the 149 bus in Stamford Hill
    The incident happened on the 149 bus in Stamford Hill (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    A man has been jailed for three months for shouting "1, 2, 3 Heil Hitler" and "go have a sausage sandwich" to a Jewish family in Stamford Hill.

    David Aherne, 54, admitted one count of causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress and one count of causing religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress when he appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on August 13.

    The incident occured on the 149 bus on July 10. Aherne, who is from Tottenham, shouted the remarks at a couple and their three children after he boarded. 

    One of the victims tried to stop Aherne from getting off after police were called but Aherne threated to pull down his trousers in front of the family.

    On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 12 weeks' in jail. The judge cited the racism as an aggravating feature.

    Elaine Cousins, senior prosecutor for North London, said: “It is hard to believe that crimes like this are still being committed.

    "Unfortunately for the victim and his family, the flagrant disregard and respect for other races and religions shown was exposed in the most offensive of displays. 

    “This was a cruel verbal attack on people simply going about their business. The family were subjected to extremely racist and offensive language during the tirade.

    “The incident was acutely distressing for the family and the wider Jewish community, some of whom were present. Antisemitism has no place in our society and the CPS will prosecute those who carry out hate crimes where there is the evidence to do so.”

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