Man who racially abused neighbours avoids jail term
A MAN who threatened to slit the throats of a family in Shepton Mallet during a racist barrage of abuse has avoided a prison sentence.
Stuart William Tennear, 40, became involved in an argument with a neighbour in Shepton and began shouting racist abuse towards him and other members of his family in the street. The family had just returned to their home in Meadow Rise when Tennear launched his attack of verbal abuse over their nationality. He told them to move back to their own country or he would slit their throats.
Prosecutor Julyan Stephens said when the victims returned home, Tennear came out of his address in the same street and confronted the wife who was in her car with her daughter.
"He used some colourful language saying they had better move out or he would slit their throats and also made reference to a "half-breed kid" in front of the child," he said.
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"The woman and child were both crying and there was also some swearing directed towards them and after Tennear was arrested he accepted there had been some words said between them."
Police were called and Tennear was arrested, Somerset Magistrates were told.
Tennear, of Hareclive Road, Bristol, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and the offence, on July 17, was racially aggravated.
Tennear told the court that he had pleaded guilty and admitted they had argued but claimed he had not been racist towards them.
Both parties have since moved out of Meadow Rise.
The magistrates imposed a six month conditional discharge on Tennear and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Inspector Mark Nicholson said: "We take racism very seriously but we are pretty sure it's an underreported crime and would encourage people to report incidents so we can take action.
"Nobody should suffer being the victim of crime and we will do everything we can to prevent it."