A woman pleaded guilty yesterday at Willesden Magistrates Court to the charge of Section 4A Public Order after she used ‘abusive homophobic language in Harrow town centre.’ The incident occurred back in January this year.
Harrow MPS tweeted the following –
“This case was heard at Willesden Magistrates court yesterday.
The defendant gave a guilty plea to the charge of Section 4A Public Order. The court took into account the homophobic nature of the abuse and the sentence included £735 worth of fines and costs. @MetLGBT”
This was a follow up to the below tweet sent out on 9th April –
“A woman has been charged today with a Section 4A Public Order act offence after she used abusive homophobic language in Harrow Town Centre in January this year. She will appear at court later this month. Homophobic abuse will not and should not be tolerated. @MetLGBT”
The Section 4A Public Order Act – Intentional Harassment, Alarm or Distress. The person, to be guilty, must intend to cause harassment, alarm or distress to another person and doing so must act in a way which is abusive, threatening or insulting.