Drunk fined £120 for takeaway abuse


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A WESTON man who hurled racial insults at workers at a takeaway restaurant has been fined after telling magistrates he was ‘wrecked out of his head’.

Magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse heard how Bradley Butler, aged 22, of Bournville Road, entered the town’s Ocean Grill in Alexandra Parade after a night out with friends.

He had been celebrating a friend’s birthday on March 9, but the night turned sour just before 3am when police were called to the kebab shop when Butler started swearing and becoming racially abusive towards the staff.

Mike Collins, prosecuting, said: “He was taken into custody and admitted going into the grill. He cannot remember exactly what he said but told police ‘yeah I probably did say it’.”

David Bird, mitigating, told the court Butler had had ‘a huge amount to drink’ but fully accepted what witnesses said was true.

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He said: “He believed they were people who had been involved in an incident with a friend of his and he understands that is wrong. He admitted that he should not have said the words complained of.

“He said he was sorry and was ‘wrecked out of his head’.

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“He has had a traumatic early life, his mother and father were both involved in drink and drugs throughout his childhood and problems were caused in the family as a result.

“His father died very young and around the age of 16-17 he (Butler) had to arrange a funeral.

“He is now seeing a woman which is somewhat of a success compared to his upbringing, and working, full-time, as a roofer.”

Chairman of the bench, Peter Searle, said: “This is a particularly unpleasant incident.

“People working in retail outlets are entitled to do their job without the abuse you delivered to them.”

Butler pleaded guilty to a single charge of racially aggravated threatening behaviour, and was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and court costs of £85.

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