Petrol station yob threw racist insults
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.
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