06 October 2017
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A father who subjected an Eastern European man to racist abuse at a kid’s birthday party found himself in court this week.
Livingston Sheriff Court heard that Joseph Crombie grabbed Rafal Czech, a bar manager, by his shirt and pushed him against a wall. He told the court that he did it because he believed that Czech had kicked his son.
However, he was wrong. The bar manager had not assaulted Crombie’s son, but had apparently merely stamped on a water balloon to stop the kids who were at the party throwing it.
The court was told that 35-year-old Crombie pointed at innocent Czech and screamed: “Baldy, b****** c***!”
He continued the rant, branding Czech a “baldy c*** immigrant” and telling him: “Go back to your own country.”
According to reports, Crombie looked ashamed when he was stood in the dock yesterday after he found out that he had completely misunderstood the situation.
Alistair Macleod, prosecuting in the case, argued that Czech had repeatedly insisted that he had not kicked or tried to kick Crombie’s son.
But Crombie, who had had a fair few to drink according to reports, was having none of it. He continued to kick off before physically attacking the innocent man.
Crombie pleaded guilty to two racially aggravated charges of assault and breach of the peace in relation to the incident which took place at the Deer Park Golf and Country Club in Livingston, West Lothian, on 23 July this year.
Iain Smith, defending, said Crombie had obviously misconstrued the whole situation. He argued: “It looked to him as if the bar manager tried to kick his son. In the cold light of day, he accepts he was trying to stamp on a balloon.
“He’s indicated to me that he lost his temper. He apologises to the court and to the manager for his behaviour.
“He’s ashamed of himself and he regrets all of his actions. He doesn’t attribute any blame to the manager at all. He just accepts it was a misunderstanding.”
Crombie was fined £500 and given two months to pay. Sheriff Douglas Kinloch told him: “You lost your temper and, no doubt partly because you had been drinking, you behaved in what I’m afraid was an offensive and wholly objectionable manner.
“Anyone at the party who witnessed this would have had their enjoyment spoiled to some extent I’m sure.
“There was a racial element to this. You can’t behave like this at events like that.”