Man sentenced for racially abusing shopkeeper

A man who racially abused and assaulted an Asuan shop manager has been sentenced for Hate Crime.

Sefton Magistrates Court heard that Christopher Callaghan, 30, of Roby Street, Bootle, went into the convenience store in Bootle on 11 October last year.

He became aggressive with staff and then shouted racist abuse and spat at the woman behind the counter who is of Sri Lankan origin. According to the Liverpool Echo newspaper, Callaghan spat in the face of the shopkeeper, calling her a “fucking Paki.”

Callaghan was later arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to Racially Aggravated Common Assault. The Crown Prosecution Service successfully applied for his sentence to be increased as this was a Hate Crime.

He was given a 16 week jail term, suspended for 2 years and a restraining order that states he must not approach the victim or go near to the shop for the foreseeable future.

He was ordered to pay £250 in compensation, £150 costs and a victim surcharge of £115.

Aksha Shahid, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was a disgusting assault on a woman who was simply doing her job and providing a vital service to the local community.

“The victim was serving behind the counter at the convenience store and Callaghan asked for a brand of cigarettes that the store didn’t have.

“She told Callaghan but he wouldn’t believe the assistant and became abusive, calling her racist names and then he spat at her.

“We call this offending Hate Crime and it often displays hatred to a person that the defendant doesn’t even know personally.

“Callaghan was known to be an aggressive nuisance in the shop and he has now been sentenced by the courts for behaviour that will not be tolerated.

“The court accepted that this was a Hate Crime and increased the sentence as a result.

“The victim was badly shaken up by the ordeal but supported the prosecution and I’d like to thank her for her courage in coming forward and reporting the incident.

“There is also a restraining order in place to prevent him going anywhere near the store for the foreseeable future.

“We hope this case gives others the courage to come forward and report this type of despicable behaviour.”

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