(R.v. L) In the St.Albans Crown Court
Client was charged by way of indictment on two counts: (1) causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to Section 31(1)(b) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and (2) damaging property contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal damage Act 1971, that without lawful excuse damaged a window pane on a household property by covering it with spittle in a small part, belonging to the owner of that property. Representations were made as to (1) above, which the prosecution withdrew in Court, and a plea of guilty was entered for (2). Mitigation was provided thereafter, and client was sentenced to a conditional discharge for 6 months.
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