Vile racist fined for insulting a group of Muslims in London
London (IINA) – A racist yob, who shouted vile abuse at a group of Muslims and even asking them if they were planning a terrorist attack, has been slapped with a fine.
Neil Hotchkiss, 44, hurled racist barbs at the group last week, telling them they weren’t welcome in Britain, The Sun Tabloid Newspaper reported.
The court heard the victim, street vendor Selasie Clarke, and his friends were chatting outside Clarke’s Jamaican food trailer, Jamaica Wah Gwaan, in Worcester on Friday when Hotchkiss confronted them.
Clarke said Hotchkiss blew up at them, asking: What are you doing? Are you planning a terrorist attack?
Selasie, who grew up in Jamaica but has lived in England for nearly two decades, said: Some of the guys were dressed in Muslim attire. We are not typically English looking but two of us are English, and two are not. He started to say, ‘your kind are not welcome here, in this country.’
He was ranting on and saying a lot of horrible stuff. It was just horrendous.
He added: It was aimed at Muslims and foreigners. He thought we were foreigners because we are not white. He was so wrong.
I was shocked because I’ve never experienced that in my 18 years of living in this country.
It was horrible. After it sank in, it bothered me.
I didn’t know it would affect me that much, but it really did.
Hotchkiss was arrested over the weekend before appearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he admitted two counts of acting in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, which was religiously aggravated.
Hotchkiss, of Worcester, was handed a community order for 12 months and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring tag until October.
He was also ordered to pay two lots of Pound 50 compensation, a Pound 85 victim surcharge, and Pound 180 costs.
Source: International Islamic News Agency