Grantham court: Customer in threat to staff

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A customer threatened to throw his bicycle through the window of a takeaway shop after getting angry with staff.

Finbar Thomas Dunne, 33, of Edward Street, Grantham, admitted using racially aggravated language against a member of staff in the Chicken Palace takeaway on London Road on July 6.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court that at 7.30pm the victim heard a man shouting at another member of staff. He said Dunne was very aggressive and asking for free food and then said he would pay £1 for food worth £8 to £10. He was swearing and using racist language. Dunne then threatened to throw his bicycle through the window, A female customer was so frightened she went to stand at the back of the shop.

Bill Frasier, defending, said Dunne had cut his finger after the chain came off his bike outside the shop, which he used regularly.

He had asked for a napkin, but the victim had told him he would have to pay for it.

Mr Frasier added: “He is very upset with himself about this because he has an 11-year-old daughter who lives in Luton and she is of mixed race.

“He was somewhat angry but he had had too much to drink and (the victim) upset him. he wants to apologise.”

Mr Frasier said Dunne was a qualified stomemason who was currently off work sick.

Magistrates fined Dunne £110 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.