On the 27th January 2017, I attended a Holocaust Memorial Day(HMD) public ceremony, which was part of an International incentive. Which allowed people an opportunity to attend ceremonies taking place on an international scale so that people could pay their respects those lives lost in the Shoah. It also allowed people to learn and reflect not just on the Shoah but other holocausts and genocides that have taken place around the world.
Six days later, today, in fact, I attended Wood Green Crown Court for the sentencing hearing of Patrick Delaney 19 years old. a traveler(Gypsy), of a vile disgusting act of anti-Semitic behaviour. Which I have previously reported on here.
Sat in a British Crown Court in the year 2017 not even a week had passed from HMD and I had to hear how a 19-year-old male had shouted “Hitler, Hitler, Hitler”, “Hitler is coming for you”, “Sieg Heil” to three Orthodox Jews, one of which was a 13-year-old boy. They simply were at Tottenham Hale Retail Park to do some shopping and go about their everyday business.
Jewish shoppers subjected to horrific anti-Semitic abuse in #TottenhamHale. Suspects shouted 'Hitler is on the way to you' and 'Heil Hitler'
— Shomrim N.E. London (@Shomrim) January 6, 2016
The first tweet from Shomrim regarding this vile crime
— Shomrim N.E. London (@Shomrim) January 6, 2016
Here in this tweet from the Shomrim you can see laughing gas canisters that were thrown towards the three Orthodox Jewish victims, whilst Patrick Delaney shouted anti-Semitic abuse at the victims.
Gypsy teenager who shouted 'Hitler’s coming’ at orthodox Jews had previous conviction for yelling 'tandoori' at man in swimming pool
— CourtNewsUK (@CourtNewsUK) February 2, 2017
Four years ago, at a local public swimming pool when Patrick Delaney was 15, he was shouting racist abuse at an Asian male, the pool attendants asked him to stop, he did not, police were called and he was found guilty of a racially aggravated crime as a juvenile.
In his defence his Barrister Barry Gilbert handed a letter to the judge a ‘heartfelt apology’ letter which claimed that Patrick Delaney “had felt ashamed of his actions” and also that “as a traveler(gypsy) I and my family members had been subject to racial abuse”.
So what had caused Patrick Delaney’s to act in such a vile and disgusting way?
His Barrister Barry Gilbert,stated that “Patrick had a falling out with his wife and felt sad and upset about this so he and two friends had acquired a box of small laughing gas canisters and were inhaling them to get ‘high’ so it took his mind off his broken heart and whilst ‘high’ from the fumes off the laughing gas he acted completely out of his natural behaviour”.
I did notice however that his Barrister Barry Gilbert, informed the Judge on three separate occasions that Mr Delaney “was happy to compensate the victims”.It almost came across that Mr Delaney wanted to ‘pay off’ the victims. The Judge John Dodd QC finally spoke out and stated “That victims in these sort of crimes, would not even want to accept anything from those that had abused them in such a disgusting way”.
Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE , who was present at Court along with another Shomrim member, who is President of Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, said: “The case has been dealt with extremely well. One sees that everyone is taking this very seriously and everyone understands the sensitivity of this matter vis-a-vis the Jewish community. I feel in general that a message has to go out that this type of behaviour is totally beyond the pale. On a personal level, I do feel for him. I feel that his family background is such that I have compassion.”
Passing sentence, Judge John Dodd QC told the defendant: “Your conduct was simply disgraceful, any civilised society cannot allow for such conduct to be tolerated or to be considered in any sense acceptable.”
He added: “We must show, all of us, compassion towards each other and even if you do not agree with the lifestyles of others, you must tolerate them, you didn’t.”
Patrick Delaney received a 6-month prison sentence to begin immediately, so as I am writing this Patrick should be being transported to Prison. Well that is of course if he can wipe away his tears as he sobbed and hugged his wife as he was lead away from the court to the cells
Hopefully, this will give him some time to reflect on his actions, as this is now his second time of committing a similar offence, in the future I am certain he would receive a harsher prison sentence should he continue down his hateful path
I would like now to publicly thank the victims of this vile disgusting crime, for reporting the crime as they did in the first instance, By doing this they ensured that Justice was served today and I implore anyone that should you be the victim of any crime please report it straightaway to the Police.
Shomrim from Samford Hill, outstanding work as usual. As they attended the scene of the crime very quickly, were able to locate the laughing gas canisters and secure them so that the Police could collect them as evidence in this vile disgusting crime. They also provided support for the victims and assisted the Police when they arrived.
The Metropolitan Police force had acted very professionally in this religiously and racially aggravated crime and after attending a court in a couple of these matters I have found that this to be the case in every matter.