Drunk in race rant at cas­tle

Yob given su­per­vi­sion and fined

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

A drunk caused a dis­tur­bance at Stir­ling Cas­tle gates in front of tourists by mak­ing an ob­scene ges­ture and ut­ter­ing racial re­marks.

Phillip Hut­ton, of Mor­ris Ter­race, ap­peared on a racially-ag­gra­vated charge of be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner at Stir­ling Sher­iff Court last Wed­nes­day. The 40-year-old had ad­mit­ted the of­fence at an ear­lier hear­ing. Fis­cal de­pute Lind­sey Brooks told Sher­iff Si­mon Collins that the in­ci­dent had oc­curred at 1.45pm on Satur­day Au­gust 18 this year.

A French tourist was stand­ing at the cas­tle en­trance and saw the ac­cused make an ob­scene mo­tion to­wards the fortress.

Hut­ton then tried to pick up the man’s two-year-old son be­fore shout­ing ‘Oi Pakis’ to­wards peo­ple at the en­trance.

Ms Brooks ex­plained that there were no Asian or Pak­istani wit­nesses – and she was un­sure if there were peo­ple of Pak­istani origin in the vicin­ity or not.

Hut­ton then walked away to­wards the cas­tle and tried to get in­side. Ap­proach­ing cas­tle staff, he shouted: ‘Do you want a f ****** fight? Do you want a square go? This is Scotland.’ Po­lice were con­tacted, at­tended, and ar­rested Hut­ton. How­ever, he was too drunk to be in­ter­viewed.

His agent Ge­orge Pol­lock told Sher­iff Collins that Hut­ton had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the events. He pointed out how­ever that Hut­ton had made ef­forts to ad­dress his al­co­hol prob­lem.

Hut­ton’s drink­ing he added “in­evitably re­sulted in him get­ting into trou­ble” and he had ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­culty hold­ing down a job with a con­struc­tion firm as a re­sult. How­ever, the job, in which he earned £300 per week, was still open to him

Mr Pol­lock also pointed out that an ex­ist­ing Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der im­posed on another mat­ter “should as­sist him re­main­ing out of trou­ble.”

A pe­ti­tion mat­ter, which pre-dated the Stir­ling Cas­tle in­ci­dent, was out­stand­ing, he said. Hut­ton was cur­rently sub­ject to a cur­few keep­ing him at home be­tween 7pm and 7am seven days a week, rolling this over would al­low him to work, said Mr Pol­lock.

Sher­iff Collins sen­tenced Hut­ton to a CPO re­quir­ing him to un­dergo 12 months’ su­per­vi­sion – to run con­cur­rently with the ex­ist­ing CPO – as an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody. Hut­ton was also fined £320 payable at a rate of £50 per week.

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