Man’s fury at ‘racist’ or­deal

Found not guilty of act­ing in a racially ag­gra­vated man­ner

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A man found not guilty of racially abus­ing a woman in a Cam­bus­lang in­dus­trial es­tate says be­ing branded a racist was trau­matic for both him and his fam­ily.

Brian Duf­fin was charged with shout­ing, swear­ing and ut­ter­ing racist re­marks to­wards two women out­side Cleve­land Ca­ble co, Cly­desmill In­dus­trial Es­tate, on Novem­ber 4, 2014.

A MAN found not guilty of racially abus­ing a woman in a Cam­bus­lang in­dus­trial es­tate says be­ing branded a racist was trau­matic for both him and his fam­ily.

Brian Duf­fin was charged with shout­ing, swear­ing and ut­ter­ing racist re­marks to­wards two women out­side Cleve­land Ca­ble co, Cly­desmill In­dus­trial Es­tate, on Novem­ber 4, 2014.

But on Wed­nes­day, April 20, at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court he was found not guilty of be­hav­ing in a racially ag­gra­vated man­ner.

Brian from Cam­bus­lang this week told the Re­former his child was forced to de­fend his rep­u­ta­tion in a school play­ground, while his bail con­di­tions pre­vented him from at­tend­ing work.

The 54- year- old’s or­deal be­gan early on Novem­ber 4 when he opened his snack van at his pitch within the in­dus­trial es­tate. Within an hour an­other per­son, who Brian be­lieved did not have li­cense to op­er­ate in the area, opened an­other eatery yards away.

Un­happy with what he saw as an ef­fort to ‘mus­cle in on his pitch’, Brian asked to see the woman’s li­cense.

When she failed to pro­duce the nec­es­sary pa­per­work, Brian called the po­lice and li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties.

But when the po­lice ar­rived, the woman of the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity al­leged Brian had shouted racial abuse at her. He was cuffed, ar­rested and taken to the po­lice sta­tion.

The fa­ther of two was or­dered through his bail con­di­tions not to re­turn to the snack van where he earns a liv­ing.

He said: “My wife had to get up at 4.30am to put the van out be­cause I wasn’t al­lowed to ap­proach Cly­de­mill Road or the per­son there that ac­cused me.

“My life was turned up­side down. It took three months to get the bail con­di­tions lifted and noth­ing has hap­pened to her at all.

“She knew what she was do­ing, she was try­ing to get me out of the way to get the pitch.”

Ex­plain­ing he took a lot of abuse from peo­ple who be­lieved the al­le­ga­tions, Brian said the whole or­deal was in­cred­i­bly up­set­ting for him, his two teenage daugh­ters and his wife.

He said: “The charges made it look like I was shout­ing and balling at two women when it was noth­ing like that. “I got slaugh­tered on Face­book. “I had peo­ple ap­proach­ing me ask­ing me what hap­pened, say­ing ‘I didn’t re­alise you were racist’.

“It re­ally up­set me. I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

Brian says he is now de­lighted the court case, which has been hang­ing over him for al­most 18 months, is over and that he is back run­ning his van on the pitch he has owned for nine

I had peo­ple ap­proach­ing me ask­ing me what hap­pened, say­ing ‘I didn’t re­alise you were racist’

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