A racist lout hurled vile verbal abuse at an Asian shopkeeper in a Bo’ness street as horrified parents looked on with their children.
Richard Turner (21), who believes he is suffering from a bipolar condition, reacted badly to a shop’s decision not to give him a refund and later struggled violently with police who came to arrest him for his racist behaviour.
Turner appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to behaving in a racially aggravated manner at the U Save store, Drumpark Avenue, Bo’ness, on September 28, and resisting arrest in Thornhill Road, Falkirk, on October 15.
Procurator fiscal depute Ann Orr said: “After becoming abusive the accused was told to leave the shop.
‘‘When he was followed into the street by the shopkeeper he turned and said he was going to ‘smash him’ and called him racially offensive names in front of young bystanders.”
John Mulholland, defending, said: “He is going to go back to his GP to see whether or not he has a bipolar condition.
“He has real concern that unless he addresses this issue he will offend again.”
Sheriff Craig Caldwell said: “Your conduct is simply not acceptable.”
Store manager Mohammad Hussain said: “I used to be called names at school and hated it. We all have the same skin, it’s just a different colour so why should we accept the type of abuse like I had to. It’s completely unnaceptable in this day and age.”
Sheriff Caldwell ordered Turner, of 16 Bridgeness Lane, Bo’ness, to complete 180 hours of unpaid work in the community within six months.