Man jailed for racial attack

Cotswold Journal: Man jailed for racial attack Man jailed for racial attack

AN argument over playing pool in a pub led a 31-year-old man to racially abuse another man and hit him on the head with a cue.

Christopher Spires, of Churchill Road, Sedgeberrow, was jailed for nine months after the court heard he swore at Gideon George and made references to him being black.

Alex Warren, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court that Mr George had gone to Ruby Jack’s, Bewdley Street, Evesham, on August 30 last year with friends.

During the first game, Spires started leaning on the table and nudging Mr George as he played.

When the game finished, Mr George started to set up the next one but Spires said it was his turn and made a racist comment. He then grabbed Mr George’s cue, reversed it and swung it with both hands, hitting him with the thicker end just above the left eye.

As police led Spires away, he saw Mr George, who needed three stitches, and shouted “I'm glad your face got smashed in” and made more racist comments.

He then spat towards Mr George, who said in a victim statement he was now wary of going out at night in Evesham.

Nicholas Roberts, defending, said Spires was deeply ashamed of his actions. He had drunk eight cans of beer and some brandy and whisky on the night. He said Spires was not a racist and would not have made the comments if he had not been drinking.

“He accepts his comments were deeply offensive,” Mr Roberts said.

The court heard he had 27 convictions for 87 offences but the majority of these were thefts to finance his 10- year heroin and crack cocaine habit which he was taking steps to tackle.

Spires pleaded guilty at South Worcestershire Magistrates Court to the offences in December and was committed for sentence.

He was given six months for assault causing actual bodily harm and three months consecutively for racial harassment.

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