Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing)
Act 2000 as amended by Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act
Increase in sentences for racial or religious
153. (1) This section applies
where a court is considering the seriousness of an offence other
than one under sections 29 to 32 of the Crime and Disorder Act
1998 (racially or religiously aggravated assaults, criminal damage,
public order offences and harassment etc.).
(2) If the offence was racially or religiously
aggravated, the court
(a) shall treat that fact as an aggravating
factor (that is to say, a factor that increases the seriousness
of the offence); and
(b) shall state in open court that the offence
was so aggravated.
(3) Section 28 of the Crime and Disorder
Act 1998 (meaning of "racially or religiously aggravated")
applies for the purposes of this section as it applies for the
purposes of sections 29 to 32 of that Act.