A man who was arrested and charged with hate crime related arson after a Pride flag was set on fire in Brighton, on Sunday, August 2 pleaded Not Guilty to a charge of arson at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 4 and will now be remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, September 1.
Moulay Abdelhakim Ismaili, 36, of Beaconsfield Road, Brighton, was detained on suspicion of committing a homophobic hate-related crime after a Pride flag was taken from a garden in Beaconsfield Road and burned at about 9.55pm.
If you have been a victim of or have witnessed a hate crime, Sussex Police urge you to either report online, call 101, or 999 if it is an emergency.
This year’s Brighton & Hove Pride was scheduled for last weekend but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. An alternative stay-at-home event, We Are FABULOSO!, was organised which raised over £13,000 for the Brighton Rainbow Fund.