Norwich men racially abused Asians after drink-fuelled party

Two Norwich men racially abused two Asian men after a drink-fuelled 50th birthday party, a court was told.

Raymond Sexton, 49, of Beverley Road, Earlham, also kicked a police officer, Norwich Magistrates' Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment and assaulting a policeman, when he appeared before the court on Wednesday .

Gary Smith, 52, of Beloe Avenue, Bowthorpe, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment.

Prosecuting, Phil Charnley said: 'Two police officers were driving along Tombland at about 11.30pm on July 3 when they saw a verbal argument between several white men and two Asians.

'The whites were shouting at the Asians and calling them foreigners.

'They continued to be abusive when the police approached and Sexton then kicked one of the policemen in the back, which led to bruising and tenderness.'

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Both men were represented by James Burrows who said that both were fathers of three, and had gone out for a 50th birthday party and had too much to drink. He said Smith, who was out of work, was remorseful and was just mouthing off. 'He has been alarmed by his own comments,' he said.

Mr Burrows said that Sexton, a fork lift truck driver, had admitted that his views were somewhat antiquated. For the racially aggravated charge, Smith was fined �100 plus a �15 victim surcharge and must pay �30 costs, and Sexton was fined �210 and a �15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay �60 costs. Magistrates gave an indication that Sexton must pay �50 compensation to the policeman, but his assault case was adjourned for reports to August 3.