Hardwicke dad, Raymond Farthing, jailed after racist rant at Scottish police officer

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By Bodger21 | Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 12:01

by The Citizen

Dad Raymond Farthing, who unleashed a racist rant at a Scottish police inspector, has been jailed.

The 37-year-old hurled a torrent of abuse at Inspector Steve Burnside, asking him: "Why have you come to my country?"

This verbal attack ended with him being put in leg restraints, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Farthing, of Cherry Close, Hardwicke, pleaded guilty to a charge of affray on September 16 this year. He was jailed for 30 weeks.

The court heard he had a long record of public disorder offences and had made 62 previous court appearances on 182 different counts.

Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said police went to Farthing's home on September 16 after receiving a 999 call.

The court heard that he and his partner were rowing over her sleeping with someone else.

They found the defendent in his back garden holding a small child, saying: "I'm taking the kid."

Officers managed to safely remove the child from Farthing, at which point, after threatening to 'knock out' one of the officers, he made his escape on a bicycle.

A short time later, a 60-year-old man answered a knock at his door in Tuffley Lane, Gloucester, and was shocked to find Farthing standing there holding a bike over his head.

The court heard that he then shouted at nearby police officers: "You ain't seen nothing yet", before riding off along Holmwood Drive into Grange Road.

Upon attempting to apprehend the defendent, Insp Burnside took out his baton, at which point, Mrs Hennessy said, Farthing proceeded to repeatedly abuse the officer for being Scottish.

Eventually, the defendent was overpowered, taken to the ground and put in leg restraints - although he still managed to kick out at another officer, bruising his ribs.

When interviewed Farthing accepted that he may have used anti-Scottish remarks.

Claire Malvern-White, defending, said: "There is a history between the defendent and Inspector Burnside and Mr Farthing  accepts he probably did use the language alleged."

Upon sentencing Farthing to 30 weeks in prison, Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him: "You are your own worst enemy."


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