Drunk woman’s up­set­ting abuse

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Alan Smith aj­smith@thek­m­group.co.uk @KM_news­room

The premises su­per­vi­sor at the Mug­gle­ton Inn was so dis­tressed by the racial abuse hurled at him by a cus­tomer that he was un­able to com­plete his shift.

Six-foot Ju­lian More said in a vic­tim state­ment that he had been placed un­der so much emo- tional strain by the in­ci­dent that he was now con­sid­er­ing leav­ing Maid­stone “for the ben­e­fit of the fam­ily”.

Anita French, of Capell Close, Cox­heath, told Maid­stone mag­is­trates that she could not re­call abus­ing Mr More or call­ing him an Aus­tralian, or say­ing that he had no right to tell her what to do and that he should go back to where he came from, but she ad­mit­ted she may have done so.

Mr More is in fact from South Africa.

He had ejected French once from the pub in Maid­stone High Street around lunchtime on June 30 be­cause she was drunk. The ver­bal abuse came when the 50-year-old tried to re-en­ter the premises to col­lect her bus pass that she had left be­hind.

Pat Cuffe, de­fend­ing, said: “Un­for­tu­nately drink plays a part in her life.”

Maid­stone mag­is­trates heard from the pro­ba­tion ser­vice that French had been a vic­tim of re­peated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. She had a sig­nif­i­cant his­tory of men­tal ill­ness and was bi-po­lar.

Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer David Mow­bray de­scribed her as an ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble woman and needed help, coun­selling and sup­port.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Alex Whit­mey, chair­man of the bench, said he took into ac­count that French had a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for racial abuse and was in breach of a con­di­tional dis­charge for a sep­a­rate of­fence.

He im­posed a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der re­quir­ing French to at­tend 30 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity days on a one-to-one ba­sis with a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

She must also pay £220. He made no or­der for com­pen­sa­tion to Mr More.

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