Drunk man’s racist abuse to the police
Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said that before the incident his client had not drunk alcohol for months.
However he became depressed following a row with his partner and went out and got drunk.
Mr Sisson-Pell said: “When he’s not in drink Sean Folan presents as a decent, nice guy.
“But when in drink he acts like a complete idiot and the fact is he has to accept that.
“He’s extremely sorry for his conduct but that doesn’t excuse the language he used at the time.
“He thought he’d sorted his alcohol problem out but he’s realised that he needs to get long term help.”
Magistrates were told that none of the police officers involved in dealing with Folan were black or mixed-race.
Mr Sisson-Pell explained: “It’s a colloquialism. He was referring to their black uniform rather than the colour of their skin.
“But it’s still a racially-aggravated offence in this day and age. His apology is heartfelt.”
Magistrates fined Folan, of Hollings Street in Cottingley, Bingley, £239.
He must pay £85 court costs and £30 victim surcharge.