Ice cream man admits racial abuse

Ice cream man admits racial abuse

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.

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.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Gibson committed the offence outside the victim's shop at Strand Road on 13 August, during last summer's fleadh.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)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.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"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.


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