Grantham court: Racist insult in takeaway

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A takeaway customer smashed a till and called staff ‘those f***ing Pakis’ after arguing that his chicken was cold.

Father-of-three, Kaspars Runkauskis, 30, of Gresley Court, Grantham, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage and to causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

At 4am on February 8, the defendant, who appeared to be drunk, became verbally abusive to staff about ten minutes after they had served him a portion of chicken.

Runkauskis then pushed a digital till valued at £1000 off the counter, which smashed on the floor, detailed prosecutor Daniel Pietryka.

He then left the takeaway but police caught up with him shortly afterwards. When they went to handcuff him he tensed up his arms and shoulders and shouted: “You f***ing b*****ds. Those f***ing Pakis.”

Runkauskis was arrested and in his interview at Grantham police station he said he’d had a lot to drink and was annoyed because his food was cold.

Rob Arthur, defending, said that his client couldn’t recall how much he’d had to drink, and felt that the people behind the counter were ignoring him.

During interview he admitted that ‘in the heat of the moment’ he had pushed the till back so that it fell on the same side as the staff, and said that while he couldn’t remember using racist language and swearing, he might have done so.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report from probation, with Runkauskis due to appear again on May 7 and remaining on conditional bail not to enter City Chicken.