Drunk woman’s upsetting abuse
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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