Man’s drunken racist abuse highlights problems to him and his family

Court news.
Court news.

A racially aggravated altercation with a foreign man has led a defendant and his family and friends to realise the extent of his problem with alcohol, a court has been told.

Malcolm Philip Holland, 54, of Union Place, Boston, appeared before the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence which was racially aggravated.

The lesson learned has been so great that the work is done and the reform to the lifestyle in terms of drinking has been put in hand.

Defence solicitor Liz Hart

Prosecutor Marie Stace told the court that on March 4 staff at B&M challenged Holland who was in an argument and being abusive to another man outside the store.

She said he was swearing at the man, telling him to go away, and said ‘they don’t want you here, and neither do I’.

He later calmed down and was arrested by police and in interview said he was in drink and had a ‘troubled relationship with alcohol’.

Defending Liz Hart told the court Holland was a gentleman of mature years ‘who has never before been in trouble in anyway’.

She explained he had a series of illnesses and problems for which he took a ‘cocktail of medication’.

She said on the day in question he had been drinking with others and blamed his actions on his drinks being spiked.

She said that since the incident he and his family had realised the extent of any issues with alcohol and that he was full of remorse.

She said he had promised not to touch another drop.

She said: “The lesson learned has been so great that the work is done and the reform to the lifestyle in terms of drinking has been put in hand.”

Magistrates ordered Holland to pay a £150 fine, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.