Man sentenced for racist abuse

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AN HARASSMENT victim told the court of his “shock and fear” as a dispute over parking escalated into racial abuse.

At Banbury Magistrates’ Court last Friday, Intab Hassan, 34, of Evenlode, Banbury, was found guilty of using threatening words or behaviour and racially-aggravated harassment against Paul Buckley.

In evidence, Mr Buckley, of Newland Place, Banbury, told the court how in June last year the defendant had parked his car on the pavement, blocking the entrance of his cul-de-sac. Mr Buckley said he had phoned the police to report the obstruction, but noticed Hassan walking back to his car and decided to approach him about the situation.

When he did, Mr Buckley said Hassan got aggressive and began making abusive and racist comments including “give it ten years you [expletive] will be gone and we’ll be in control”.

Mr Buckley said: “My interpretation of that comment was that I was white and he was not and that things were going to change. It shocked me.”

He added Hassan then made two phone calls saying he was having some trouble in the street and to “get round here”, at which point Mr Buckley called 999.

Shortly after three cars arrived – including two taxis – containing a total of nine people. Although none of them got directly involved in the dispute, Mr Buckley said he felt “scared”.

In his defence, Hassan denied his comment was racist and said it was instead relating to Mr Buckley’s age.

However, district judge Timothy Pattinson described the defendant’s explanation as “ridiculous”.

He added he believed Hassan was calling for re-enforcement, which he felt was consistent with him being the maker of the threats and the abuse.

Hassan was ordered to pay a £300 fine, £15 victim surcharge, £400 costs and £100 compensation to Mr Buckley.

He was also given a two-year restraining order prohibiting him contacting Mr Buckley and entering Newland Place.