Man sentenced for antisemitically abusing CST security officers

15 Apr 2019 by CST

A man has been convicted of racially aggravated public order offences following an altercation outside a synagogue in Hendon, north London, in March 2018. Alkarim Versi, a local resident, approached the synagogue building and started behaving erratically, intimidating the CST security officers and making abusive gestures. CST volunteers worked with Police on the case and gave evidence. 

Versi first asked the synagogue security officers working for CST questions about what was happening. When one of the security officers responded that it is a place of worship and there was a service going on inside, Versi began to verbally abuse the security officer and made visual threats. The Police were called and Versi was arrested. After Versi was arrested, a second man in the area was also arrested for racially aggravated public order offences.

Two CST volunteer security officers gave evidence of what happened when the case came to trial at Harrow Crown Court. They recalled how Versi started verbally abusing them, ranting that he had been in the army and had no issue killing again. He continued his rant and pretended to shoot a rifle at the security team, before running off. 

Versi was found guilty of racially aggravated intentional harassment and received a three-month sentence, suspended for 15 months. He must also undertake rehabilitation activity and has also been ordered to pay a victim surcharge to the court of £115.00. 

CST would like to thank the CST volunteer security officers for their actions on the day, as well as their ongoing involvement in the case and their testimonies to the court. CST would also like to thank the Metropolitan Police Service for their work on this case and their ongoing help to protect our Jewish community.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth