Muslim taunt and girlfriend abuse both used as excuse for fight outside kebab shop

THE decision to get a takeaway on the way home from a night out landed two young men in court last week – after the pair were found fighting outside a town centre kebab shop.

Awat Hamza and Jimmy Nuttall both faced charges of disorderly behaviour when they stood before magistrates on Wednesday, and both were fined after they admitted the crime at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

However, their stories differed somewhat in terms of ‘who started it’.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police had arrived at the shop in Bridge Street in the early hours of August 18 after CCTV operators alerted them to two men involved in a scuffle outside the premises.

In interview, Hamza, of Holbeach Road, Spalding, said the other man had been shouting, swearing and making abusive remarks about the Muslim religion, which had provoked him into a fight.

Undefended, the 23-year-old told the court through a Kurdish interpreter: “I am saying I am guilty because of the fact itself, I did fight, but this happened because he insulted my religion. I am sorry for what happened.”

However, when Nuttall, 19, stood before the bench later in the morning, magistrates heard he told police that Hamza had thrown chips at him and had grabbed his girlfriend after she told Hamza to go away.

Carrie Simson, for Nuttall, said: “It was, quite simply, a scuffle in the street. My client tells me there was an element of provacation.”

Both Hamza and Nuttall, of Woad Farm Road, Boston were fined £80 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surgcharge. Nuttall paid £85 court costs and Hamza paid a £55 contribution towards the costs.