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Scotland - Hate Crime Officer

What is Hate Crime?

crime committed against a person or property that is motivated by ‘malice or ill-will towards an identifiable social group.’

It is a crime against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion.

Hate Crimes can take many forms, such as: -

  • Verbal Abuse
  • Physical Attack
  • Swearing
  • Threats
  • Bullying
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti

A lot of people don’t realise they have experienced a hate crime.  


Social groups

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Transgender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability

Brief case study of each social group: -


Race Kriss Donald

Kriss, 15 year old from Glasgow.

In March 2004, Kriss was abducted by five men associated with Pollokshields’ Pakistani gang. Kriss was stabbed 13 times, suffered internal injuries to his lungs, livers and kidney.

He was doused in petrol and set on fire as he bled to death.

This was a revenge attack.


Kriss was chosen as an example of ‘a white boy’

Kriss was a victim of Racially motivated crime.  This was the first ever conviction for racially motivated crime in Scotland. 


Religion Mark Scott

Mark, 16 year old from Glasgow.

On the day that he would die, Mark‘s mother urged him not to wear his Celtic top in case it brought him trouble. Zipping his jacket to cover the green & white hoops, he laughed and said "Don't worry, Mum, they don't do that kind of thing anymore“ 

But they did, hours later Mark had his throat cut by a man who picked him at random from a group of Celtic supporters as they walked home from a match through a Protestant area of Glasgow.


His jacket was still zipped.


Mark was a victim of a Religious motivated crime.


Disability – Fiona Pilkington and Francecca Hardwick  


A perfect example of neglecting Disability Hate Crime

Fiona & Francecca were terrorised by gangs of youths at their family home in Leicestershire 
33 999 phone calls in 10 years

The family had dog excrement and fireworks put through their letterbox

Gang trampled the family’s hedge, hurled stones & eggs at windows

Fiona’s neighbours report incidents 

The family decide they have to move – the gang damaged the for sale sign.

Fiona decided she had enough and committed suicide with her daughter by lighting their car on fire with them in the car. 

The gang saw Fiona’s vulnerability and Francecca’s disability.


Fiona and Francecca was victims of a Disability Motivated crime.