Chem­i­cal worker in race rant

Malaysia den­tist in tears

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court reporter

A chem­i­cals worker who told a Malaysian den­tist “this is Scot­land, not Syria” has been or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion.

Martin Ge­orge­son (27), launched into a tirade of racist abuse after turn­ing up late to get his teeth fixed at Falkirk Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.

He had to wait 40 min­utes, and when he got into the chair he swore at three staff, call­ing them skivvies, and told the fe­male Malaysian den­tist “this is Scot­land, not f ****** Syria”. The den­tist, who was not named was in tears as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, and po­lice were called.

At Falkirk Sher­iff Court on Fri­day, Ge­orge­son, of Airth, a worker at Grange­mouth agric­chem­i­cals com­pany Syn­genta, pleaded guilty to us­ing racially-ag­gra­vated threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on April 19 after a road ac­ci­dent in which Ge­orge­son suf­fered a bro­ken ster­num, a frac­tured pelvis, and bro­ken ribs. De­fence agent Gor­don Ad­di­son said: “The den­tal prob­lem he had gone to see about was re­lated – he had ba­si­cally given his head such a shake that his teeth were loose. He was in con­sid­er­able pain.”

Mr Ad­di­son said his client apol­o­gised for his ac­tions. Ge­orge­son, of For­rester Place, was or­dered to pay £650 com­pen­sa­tion: £350 to the den­tist and £100 each to the three staff mem­bers. The sher­iff said Ge­orge­son’s be­hav­iour had been “rep­re­hen­si­ble”.

He added: “As well as ev­ery­thing else, it ap­pears he is com­pletely ge­o­graph­i­cally chal­lenged.”

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