Racist abuse rant in shop

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN walked into a newsagent shop and let fly with racist abuse against the owner, a court heard.

He referred to his victim as being from Pakistan when in fact the shopkeeper was from Sri Lanka.

Paul Brierley, 31, of Munster Avenue, Bispham admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

Brierley was sentenced to a two year community order by Blackpool Magistrates which will include a 10-week curfew.

He will also have to pay his victim £100 compensation.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said Brierley walked into the shop with his girlfriend and accused the victim of staring at them.

The Sri Lankan did not reply and Brierley swore at him and told him to get back to his own country.

Steven Duffy, defending said: ”My client was drunk but he now realises his language was completely inappropriate and wishes to apologise.”

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