A man who stole from a kosher bakery and yelled “Heil Hitler” at Jewish people has been fined and given a suspended jail sentence.
Alberto Busalacchi repeatedly shouted “Heil Hitler” at local Jews and shoplifted at a kosher bakery in Stamford Hill in January.
Mr Busalacchi pleaded guilty to racially or religiously aggravated harassment and theft at Stratford Magistrates Court and was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, and ordered to pay £400 victim compensation.
Chaim Hochhauser, supervisor at Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, said: “Alberto Busalacchi shouted antisemitic abuse at unsuspecting Jewish victims, before shoplifting from a kosher bakery. The custodial sentence sends out a strong message that hate crime is unacceptable and that it will not be tolerated. Busalacchi caused immense distress to his victims after shouting Heil Hitler repeatedly at members of the Jewish community.”
He added: “I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police Service and the Crown Prosecution Service for investigating this incident and for successfully prosecuting [Mr] Busalacchi.”