Petrol sta­tion yob threw racist in­sults

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AYOB launched a ‘dis­grace­ful’ dis­play of racist abuse on a late-night garage worker, a court heard.

Paul Ti­mothy Whit­taker, 21, or­dered Ahmed Man­sour Ahmed Daleel to ‘get back to his own coun­try’ dur­ing the tirade at Shell garage in Tyther­ing­ton on Au­gust 5, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The abuse made the vic­tim feel ‘sad­dened’ and ‘scared’, mag­is­trates were told.

Whit­taker, of Davis Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive or in­sult­ing words or be­hav­iour to cause ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

The court heard that Whit­taker had gone to the garage on Tyther­ing­ton Road to re­mon­strate with Mr Daleel af­ter his girl­friend claimed he was rude to her.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing said: “At 12.35am the de­fen­dant ap­proached the night hatch and starts bang­ing on the win­dow. He then asked for some al­co­hol. When he was re­fused he started shout­ing. He starts say­ing ‘I am go­ing to smash your face in’. He told him to go back to his own coun­try and that he wasn’t welcome here. He said ‘this is my home town’.”

In a state­ment read out in court, Mr Daleel said he felt scared and up­set af­ter the in­ci­dent, adding: “I didn’t come to work to be treated like that. I am sad- dened by the racist com­ments.”

Mrs Byrne said: “Whit­taker told po­lice that his girl­friend and brother Adam had been to the garage 20 min­utes be­fore while he sat at home. She re­turned and com­plained that Mr Daleel had been rude to her. This made him an­gry. He said that he had had pre­vi­ous prob­lems with Mr Daleel. In in­ter­view he ad­mit­ted go­ing up to the glass but de­nied mak­ing threats.”

The court heard that Whit­taker has 11 pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances in court for 21 of­fences in­clud­ing as­sault.

Ju­lian Far­ley, de­fend­ing Whit­taker, said: “He main­tains that the vic­tim was rude to his girl­friend but ac­cepts the full ver­sion of events.

“He ac­cepts his be­hav­iour was ap­palling and apol­o­gises un­re­servedly.”

The court heard that Whit­taker had just started a job as a main­te­nance engi­neer for Net­work Rail.

Sen­tenc­ing Whit­taker to a com­mu­nity or­der and 100 hours un­paid work, Tony Bo­s­tock, chair of the bench of mag­is­trates, said: “This was a dis­play of dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour.”

A re­strain­ing or­der bans Whit­taker from en­ter­ing the garage area.

●● Paul Whit­taker abused a petrol sta­tion worker

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.