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Six months for drunken man who racially abused takeaway staff in Exmouth

Six months for drunken man who racially abused takeaway staff in Exmouth

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Thursday November 03 2016

The Exeter Express and Echo reports on the sentencing of a man who appeared in court last week charged with possession of a knife and racially abusing takeaway staff at a shop in Exmouth.

Samuel Tigwell admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour and being in possession of a knife when he appeared via video link at Exeter Crown Court.

Tigwell is currently incarcerated at Portland Prison, serving a sentence for threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Exeter Crown Court heard Tigwell was awoken from a drunken stupor by a concerned passerby on the evening of April 21. But when roused, Tigwell walked into the nearby takeaway and started abusing the staff.

Prosecutor Bathsheba Cassel told the court, Tigwell went into the takeaway and “He said he did not like the people there, who he called Pakis. He said he was going to cut their throats and told them to go back to their country. He said if they came to the beach with him he would show them what he would do to them.”

Tigwell called the staff “f****** foreigners” and told them to “go back to your country.”

Miss Cassel said Tigwell had convictions for 73 previous offences, including a racially aggravated assault, violence, drugs, and possession of weapons.

Tigwell’s lawyer told the court his client was so drunk on the day of the offences that he fell asleep on the pavement twice and had no recollection of the incidents.

Recorder Mr Richard Stead, referred to Tigwell as a “complete nightmare” for the people of Exmouth and jailed him for six months’.

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