Man fined for racist remarks to takeaway shop owner
A Kirkcudbright takeaway owner was subjected to racist abuse by a customer on Saturday night.
Ibrahim Diveli was also sworn at by Roy Bennett at Meleks Fryer on St Cuthbert’s Street.
Bennett, 54, of Millflats, Kirkcudbright, was ordered to pay Mr Diveli £80 in compensation and told to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work by the sheriff at Dumfries.
Bennett admitted that he conducted himself in a disorderly manner.
In addition, outside the shop and on a journey to Dumfries Police Station he behaved in a threatening manner and swore at police officers.
Fiscal depute Alison Herald told the court that initially Bennett had gone into the shop and put in an order but it was busy and when he found he had to wait he started shouting and demanding his money back. The cash was returned.
Mr Diveli told the News: “He didn’t want the food and he was swearing. Customers told me to call the police as he shouldn’t talk to me like that.”
Bennett returned a short time later still shouting and swearing and, despite a warning from police, continued with his behaviour.
Mr Diveli added: “Later he came back up the street when there were a different lot of people, he came back in and started again.
“Two police officers came in to order food and I asked if I could speak to them in the back yard. I hadn’t called them, they just happened to come in.
“Before I could say anything to the officers he started swearing again. They said to him to calm down but he swore at the officers so they arrested him and took him away.”
Bennett’s solicitor Tanya Steele told the court her client could only apologise for his behaviour.