Ice cream man admits racial abuse

Published Wednesday, 26 February 2014
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An ice cream van driver who admitted committing a hate crime by racially abusing a shopkeeper during the all-Ireland fleadh in Londonderry has been sentenced.

Ice cream man admits racial abuse
The comments were described as "vile". (© UTV)

Raymond Gibson, from Stevenson Park in Artigarvan, admitted behaving in a hostile and aggressive manner towards the Egyptian shopkeeper and shouting at him "go back where you belong, get out of this country".

He was sentenced to a four month jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Derry's Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Gibson committed the offence outside the victim's shop at Strand Road on 13 August, during last summer's fleadh.

District Judge Barney McElholm described the comments as "vile, nasty and racist".

He told Gibson he was being spared jail because of his lack of previous offending and because of his guilty plea.

"That sort of comment belongs to the 1970s and the courts will not tolerate in this day and age any form of racism", he said.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Peter in belfast wrote (272 days ago):
Why are so many jail sentences 'suspended'. If there are no real consequences to your actions, why bother.
Tyrella in Belfast wrote (272 days ago):
Judge Barney McElholm thinks that "That sort of comment belongs to the 1970s." He is a fool. Is he suggesting that it was okay then and would be tolerated?
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