Drunk man’s racist abuse to the po­lice

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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.

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