Concern has been raised over the sentencing of a couple who physically attacked Jews outside a wedding hall while shouting antisemitic remarks, with both assailants escaping a jail sentence.
Ineta and Kasimiersz Winiarski, of Clapton Common, East London, attacked three Jewish men in Stamford Hill waiting outside the Kehal Yetav Lev synagogue to take guests home from a function.
Ineta Winiarski whipped Ben Herbst with a dog lead while shouting “dogs in England better than Jewish”, before unsuccessfully attempting to set her dog on the Jewish men. She and her husband shoved and punched Mr Herbst, his father, Israel Herbst, and Mr David Tangy.
In court, Kasimiersz admitted two counts of assault by beating, but denied making antisemitic remarks. His wife was convicted of three counts of racially aggravated assault.
However the pair escaped jail, with the magistrate telling the pair that “the appropriate sentence is one of 12 weeks in prison. However, because you are of good character it will be suspended for 12 months.
The couple were also ordered to a small sum in compensation to the victims.
Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, president of Stamford Hill Shomrim, said: “I am very surprised at the leniency of the sentence, considering the gravity of the attack.
“The authorities speak strong words about combating antisemitism, however the results on the ground does not reflect the rhetoric. I expect much stronger action to be taken in actually combating and reducing antisemitic hate crimes.”