Curfew ordered by court after tirade of abuse

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A BINGE drinker has been slapped with a curfew after a racist attack on staff at an Indian restaurant.

Customers at the Taste of India restaurant in Eastbourne were left ‘disgusted’ when Glenn Williams, 57, of Leslie Street, subjected restaurant workers to a racist tirade, before grabbing a waitress and swinging a punch at the restaurant manager on January 15.

He was sentenced by Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday (February 17), after pleading guilty to three separate charges of racially aggravated common assault, assault by beating and using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The court heard how Williams had downed around five cans of lager and half a bottle of vodka before heading into the restaurant, carrying a small bottle of vodka.

After placing an order, Williams started to become verbally abusive towards restaurant waitress Carrieann Whittington, before falling on the floor.

When restaurant manager Mohammad Rahman tried to help Williams to his feet, he grabbed Miss Whittington around her wrist so tightly that it hurt.

The court heard how he then ran into the back of the takeaway while the victim was on the phone to the police and started swearing at Mr Rahman and telling him to go back to his own country.

He then shoved the manager in the chest before swinging a punch at him.

Prosecuting. Heather Savage told the court that Mr Rahman was ‘insulted and distressed’ by the language and hoped the racist attack hadn’t lost him future business.

After his arrest, Williams told police that the behaviour was out of his character and he had no dispute with the staff there.

He was sentenced to an 18 month community order and placed under a three month curfew.

He must remain at home from between 7pm and 7am each day and will be fitted with an electronic tag.

He was ordered to pay Miss Whittington £100 in compensation and £150 to Mr Rahman as well as £50 in court costs.