Race attack at chip shop
A TEENAGER threw a brick through the window of a Godmanchester fish and chip shop and then shouted racial abuse at the owner, a court was told. Jamie Webb, 19, of Ferndown Drive, Godmanchester, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage and rac
A TEENAGER threw a brick through the window of a Godmanchester fish and chip shop and then shouted racial abuse at the owner, a court was told.
Jamie Webb, 19, of Ferndown Drive, Godmanchester, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage and racially aggravated harassment at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on Thursday (July 6).
Prosecuting, Nick State told the court that on the night of February 19 the Turkish owner of the fish and chip shop on the Causeway found one of his shop windows smashed. When he went outside to investigate he saw four youths running away.
He then followed the youths to try and get a better look at them. The court heard one, who was identified as Webb, then turned around and started swearing and shouting racial abuse at the man. A bottle was then thrown at the man's head and he was chased back to his shop where another brick was thrown through one of the windows.
The court also heard that in a further incident on February 23, Webb, accompanied by three other youths, shouted racial abuse at the same shop owner.
Defending Webb, David Potter said: "From my knowledge of Mr Webb he seems somewhat immature. He is only 19 years old and some of his actions are down to drink."
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Webb was sentenced to a 24 month community sentence and ordered to pay court costs of £150, £50 compensation for the smashed window and £100 to the owner of the shop.
Bench chairman Sandy Chapman said: "We hope that this community sentence will allow you to address and challenge some of the attitudes you possess. The compensation to the owner of the shop is for what he must have felt and gone through. He must have been terrified.