Court: Man threatened life of policeman and his family

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Racist language was used by a man in the town centre who then threatened the life of the arresting police officer and his family.

Jason Smith of Hornsby Road in Grantham admitted using racially-aggravated words and assaulting a constable. The incidents arose after he was ejected from Vibe nightclub in Westgate, Grantham in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

A police officer headed to the club after hearing Smith shout at a bouncer: “F***ing p***s. I will f***ing kill you.”

Smith was going to be given an order banning him for a few hours from the town centre, but after a chief inspector arrived on the scene he began talking about his military background and announced: “I shoot f***ing p***s.”

Kate Hartley told the court that upon being arrested and transported away from the town centre Smith told the officers, “I shoot n*****s” while again making reference to his military background.

Smith continued to act aggressively, verbally abusing one particular officer who he said had pushed him.

He told the officer: “You are a f***ing faggot. I will f***ing kill you. I will bite your nose off.

“I will kill you, your girlfriend, your parents and your kids.”

When interviewed at Grantham police station Smith continued to make threats against the officer. He was asked if he would carry out the threat to attack the officer and he said he would.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Smith was still under the influence of alcohol when he gave the interview.

Mr Macmillan added: “He apologises to the police for his behaviour and the language used and anyone who heard what he said.”

Mr Macmillan said Smith could not explain why he used the language he did. He added: “He says he is not racial and has never been involved in any racial incidents.”

Smith was fined £110 for using racially-aggravated language and £75 for a non-contact assault on a police constable. He must pay £85 in costs and a £20 surcharge.