I don’t understand how this is a disability hate crime….

A carer has admitted a Disabled Hate Crime against the handicapped person she was looking after.

[the defendant] admitted theft of thousands of pounds from a cerebral palsy sufferer when she made her first appearance before Blackpool Magistrates.

Staniford of Roxburgh Avenue, Blackpool, was said by the prosecution to have stolen £10,507.50 from her victim’s bank account.

However her lawyer […] said that amount would be contested. He told the court:”From the paperwork I have studied the figure is only £5,300.”

Magistrates were told the charge was covered by the Disabled Hate Crime legislation and was significant breach of trust.

via Woman guilty of hate theft from man – Blackpool Gazette.

So obviously this isn’t very nice, and we’d rather someone convicted of theft while being a carer didn’t get another job as a carer, but I don’t understand why it’s a hate crime.  Theft? Definately. Breach of trust? absolutely. Nasty thing to do? Yes. Motivated by hate? Um…

Can anyone help me out on this?

The CPS’s definatation of hate crime is as follows:

Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.

I’ve also been a little worried that hte perception is by the victim, rather than, say, a jury. But the two sources don’t appear to add up for me.  If someone is working as a professional carer, one imagines it’s difficult to make a chage of hostillity stick… anyone shed some light on this?


EDIT – and Twitter responded….









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