Grantham court: Diner smashed crockery in race rant at restaurant

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A customer threw plates, glasses and vases in a Grantham restaurant and smashed a window when she got into an argument with staff over the bill.

Kirsty Louise Clayton, 28, of Manor Drive, Great Gonerby, admitted criminal damage in the Gurkha Square restaurant and using racially aggravated words or behaviour on September 18.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that Clayton had been in the restaurant that evening with a male friend. She had told staff that it was their eighth wedding anniversary and were celebrating.

The meal came to more than £80 and at 11pm the male friend left the restaurant. Clayton was presented with the bill which was “the catalyst for what happened”.

Mr Clare said Clayton had told the staff “I am not having that” and “He is supposed to pay”.

She also admitted that the man was not her husband. Then she started smashing plates, glasses and vases and threw a metal ornament at a window, smashing it.

A police officer at the scene said she was “very loud and abusive”.

Mr Clare told the court Clayton had said to the staff: “I don’t need this from a bunch of nig nogs.”

Defending, Jane Bauer said that whenever Clayton and her friend went for a meal, he had always paid.

During the evening she went to the toilet and when she went back to the table her friend had gone. She thought he was outside having a cigarette.

She went to go outside and then the bill arrived. Clayton said she was grabbed by the staff member. She panicked and was alarmed.

She accepted she picked up various items and smashed them.

Mrs Bauer said: “She regrets what she did. She cannot remember using those words attributed to her against the staff.”

District Judge John Stobart told Clayton: “This is a rotten thing to do to people who are just doing their jobs and trying to get by.”

Clayton was ordered to pay £150 in compensation and a £50 fine for the racial aggravation charge.

There was no separate penalty for the criminal damage.