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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:17 pm 

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For some reason, when I saw the headline for this I thought that the punter was blind :-s

Of course, being a stickler for punctuation etc, if that had been the case it would have read 'blind, drunk racist' rather than 'blind drunk racist' [-(

What's that saying? Something like: "Good grammar and punctuation is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit." :badgrin:

Blind drunk racist 'lost the plot' in back of Plymouth taxi ... ot-2967273

Jack Evernden, aged 25, punched and kicked the cab and abused driver - including racist insults

Image: Plymouth Herald

A racist lout tried to smash his way out of a taxi while hurling a string of abuse at the driver, a court heard.

Drunken Jack Evernden, aged 25, kicked and elbowed the windows and the doors of the cab after a row over the fare.

He spent several minutes shouting insults at the driver, ending in a couple of racist remarks, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

He told the man to go back to his own country and called him a “f****** foreigner’.

Labourer Evernden denied he was a racist but his victim later said that he felt “worthless”.

A judge told him he had considered a jail sentence.

Recorder Richard Shepherd added: “You have had a very close shave, but I am confident you will not appear in court again.

“You were aggressive and verbally abusive, using the most disgusting language.”

He added Evernden had been “blind drunk” as he thrashed around in the secure passenger compartment of the taxi.

Recorder Shepherd said: “One of the very best things about the United Kingdom and one of the best things about coastal towns and cities is their multicultural heritage.

"Any city which is trading with other parts of the world is improved and enhanced by a wide range of people from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Evernden, of Fountains Crescent, Pennycross, pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated threatening behaviour on December 23 last year.

Nick Lewin, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Evernden and a woman shared a taxi home from Derrys Cross at about 5.40am.

He added the defendant offered to pay the other passenger’s fare as her destination was along his route.

Mr Lewin said that she got out and Evernden asked to pay by card – only to be told he could not.

The barrister added the taxi then went to a cash machine which was closed.

Mr Lewin said Evernden became “increasingly agitated” and started calling the driver a w***** and a c***.

The driver took him to Charles Cross police station but there were no officers about.

Mr Lewin added: “Jack Evernden completely loses the plot.”

The court heard the defendant thrashed around in the back of the cab, kicking and elbowing the doors and the windows. He called the man a "weirdo" and demanded to be let out.

Mr Lewin said the driver took his passenger to Union Street where he could summon help.

Evernden climbed out of a window and was arrested nearby.

The barrister summarised a statement from the man saying that he was left feeling “worthless” and afraid of running into the man again while at work.

Michael Brown, for Evernden, said the offence was “extremely impulsive in heat of the moment”.

He added that it was triggered by the combination of drink and frustration at not finding a working cash machine.

Mr Brown said Evernden was not racist but just picked on the most obvious characteristic of the driver.

He added: “He was striking out and hitting when to all intents and purposes was detained in the cab when perhaps he should not have been.”

Recorder Shepherd handed Evernden an 18-month community order with 200 hours unpaid work.

He ordered him to pay the taxi driver £1,200 compensation.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:50 pm 
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Not surprised the fella didn't go to jail.

Amazed this case made the Crown Court. :-k


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