Man jailed for racist slur

PUBLISHED: 11:29 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

A MAN with a drink problem racially insulted a doorman who ejected him from a bar. Michael Caulfield used a term which a judge said was utterly despicable. But the WGC man was then lifted off his feet by the doorman, his barrister alleged, and was injured

A MAN with a drink problem racially insulted a doorman who ejected him from a bar.

Michael Caulfield used a term which a judge said was utterly despicable.

But the WGC man was then lifted off his feet by the doorman, his barrister alleged, and was injured in the process.

It was he that called police that night - January 19 last year - outside Yates in Stevenage, but it was also he who was arrested.

Caulfield, of Edgars Court, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment.

He was jailed for two months to run concurrently with a sentence he is serving for making threats to kill.

Prosecutor Mark Wyeth told Luton Crown Court on Friday that Caulfield got into a dispute with bar staff.

Doorman Stephen Sowah was called over and Caulfield was ejected.

Outside he said to Mr Sowah: "Just because your arms are the size of my legs you think you can push me about. You are just a gorilla mate."

He then threatened to return with others adding: "Don't worry we are going to get you, you black c...."

Warwick Aleeson, defending, said: "He is now well aware that he suffers from an extreme reaction to alcohol and he has to get a grip of that on his release.

"He has been a model prisoner and could be released four months early on a home curfew order.

"He does apologise for his actions that night," added the barrister.

Judge Richard Foster said: "The term you used was utterly despicable. Whatever the situation is you cannot go round using that sort of abuse to people.

"It is clear you have a drink problem and I recommend that that is addressed as part of your licence.


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