Slap on the wrist for antisemites who shouted “Shame Hitler didn’t finish the job” and “F***ing Jewish c***” at Shomrim
A man has pleaded guilty to shouting antisemitic abuse at volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim who suspected him of involvement in burglaries. Clive Wilson, 46, admitted shouting: “Shame Hitler didn’t finish the job, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler, Allahu Akbar”. He had earlier denied the charge. Wilson was fined £160 and made to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs, a meagre sentence which will do nothing at all to deter antisemitic crime.
In December, his accomplice, Vandell Brooks, 39, who has a history of racism, pleaded guilty to shouting: “F***ing Jewish c***” at the Shomrim volunteers as she was loaded into a police van. She was fined £200, plus a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs. Astonishingly, Wilson who initially did not plead guilty has received an even lower fine than his accomplice who pleaded guilty two months ago.
The incident took place on 13th December when volunteers from Stamford Hill Shomrim were on a routine foot patrol. They noticed a man and a woman whom they suspected might be linked to a spate of recent burglaries. The Shomrim volunteers immediately called the Metropolitan Police Service, which arrested the pair.
During the arrest, the Wilson looked at the Shomrim volunteers, who are charedi Jews, and said: “Funny-looking f***ers” at which point the police officers warned him that he would be committing a criminal offence if he continued. He then shouted: “Shame Hitler didn’t finish the job, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler, Allahu Akbar”.
We commend Stamford Hill Shomrim for their valuable work on behalf of all residents of the area, and we applaud the officers involved for their firm stance against antisemitism.
We are disappointed by the sentence. Lenient sentencing emboldens offenders instead of deterring them, and both Brooks and Wilson have received a mere slap on the wrist.