Man who racially abused staff in Chepstow store must compensate victims

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A MAN who racially abused two staff and performed a Nazi salute in a Chepstow supermarket was ordered to pay compensation to his victims by the courts.

Richard Allan Swift, 32, of Middle Way, Chepstow, shouted 'Sieg heil' and raised his arm after he was asked to leave Lidl, in Bulwark on the afternoon of July 23.

Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard how an Indian member of staff became his first victim after she asked him to leave as he was banned from the store.

Prosecutor Rob Simkins said Swift called her a "black ****" and said "go back to your country you bitch" as she approached.

The woman pressed the emergency button to alert the manager, who Swift also turned on, calling him a "nigger" and a "paki."

Mr Simkins, who asked magistrates to upgrade the sentence as it was racially aggravated, said the language was very offensive and caused the victims real distress.

In interview, Swift told police officers he remembered getting into an argument with the staff, swearing and telling them to get out of his country, but he was not racist.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and the court heard he has four previous convictions for public disorder since 1997.

Defending, Paul Morris said Swift suffers from schizophrenia and part of his behaviour in recent years has been a direct result of the illness.

He said his client had taken too much valium on the day of the incident and reacted abruptly when approached.

"He will have to suffer the embarrassment of his name being published in the local paper," he added.

Swift was fined a total of £310, £110 for the offence, £50 for each victim, £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He will also have to comply with a community order imposed for a previous offence.

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7:45pm Sat 11 Aug 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

"Defending, Paul Morris said Swift suffers from schizophrenia and part of his behaviour in recent years has been a direct result of the illness.

He said his client had taken too much valium"
Don't you love this lawyer's medical expertise?
No dear, schizophrenia doesn't make you a nasty person. Diazepam doesn't make you a nasty person. Even living in an ugly 1950's public housing project doesn't make you a nasty person.Swift is just a very unpleasant creature and an ASBO and being locked up, whilst making him no more pleasant, would at least have the benefit of removing him sometimes from the area and making it just a little nicer.
"Defending, Paul Morris said Swift suffers from schizophrenia and part of his behaviour in recent years has been a direct result of the illness. He said his client had taken too much valium" Don't you love this lawyer's medical expertise? No dear, schizophrenia doesn't make you a nasty person. Diazepam doesn't make you a nasty person. Even living in an ugly 1950's public housing project doesn't make you a nasty person.Swift is just a very unpleasant creature and an ASBO and being locked up, whilst making him no more pleasant, would at least have the benefit of removing him sometimes from the area and making it just a little nicer. Lord Palmerstone
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8:29pm Sat 11 Aug 12

digispamman says...

its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.
its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion. digispamman
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8:52pm Sat 11 Aug 12

gordelpus says...

He has'nt got schizophrenia and he is a racist. Valium for Schizophrenia, I think not. Anti social racist low life. Rot.
He has'nt got schizophrenia and he is a racist. Valium for Schizophrenia, I think not. Anti social racist low life. Rot. gordelpus
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9:41am Sun 12 Aug 12

Robodad says...

Lord (are you really a Lord or do you just have an inflated ego?) Palmerstone, maybe the lawyer was just passing on medical information he had been given in researching his case. However, I am in awe of your medical expertise and ability to make such a confident medical diagnosis and character analysis of Swift from one article printed on the Argus website.
Lord (are you really a Lord or do you just have an inflated ego?) Palmerstone, maybe the lawyer was just passing on medical information he had been given in researching his case. However, I am in awe of your medical expertise and ability to make such a confident medical diagnosis and character analysis of Swift from one article printed on the Argus website. Robodad
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11:22am Sun 12 Aug 12

Nevasleep says...

digispamman wrote:
its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.
I believe you're thinking of America, you don't have the right to free speech in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]digispamman[/bold] wrote: its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.[/p][/quote]I believe you're thinking of America, you don't have the right to free speech in the UK. Nevasleep
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1:06pm Sun 12 Aug 12

chris227 says...

what a surprise he lives in Bulwark
what a surprise he lives in Bulwark chris227
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3:12pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Howie' says...

chris227 wrote:
what a surprise he lives in Bulwark
lol, not somewhere else you don't like, Chris?
[quote][p][bold]chris227[/bold] wrote: what a surprise he lives in Bulwark[/p][/quote]lol, not somewhere else you don't like, Chris? Howie'
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3:15pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Howie' says...

digispamman wrote:
its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.
Entitled to his opinion, yes, but he is not entitled to address people in a racially abusive manner or to make racist comments.
[quote][p][bold]digispamman[/bold] wrote: its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.[/p][/quote]Entitled to his opinion, yes, but he is not entitled to address people in a racially abusive manner or to make racist comments. Howie'
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4:22pm Sun 12 Aug 12

PontyPeter says...

digispamman wrote:
its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.
It's not a free country. There are laws that prevent you from doing many nasty things. Being racially abusive is one thing. I'm sure you can think of others.
He can have any opinion he wants, but needs to keep it to himself in this case.
[quote][p][bold]digispamman[/bold] wrote: its a free country, mr swift is entitled to his opinion.[/p][/quote]It's not a free country. There are laws that prevent you from doing many nasty things. Being racially abusive is one thing. I'm sure you can think of others. He can have any opinion he wants, but needs to keep it to himself in this case. PontyPeter
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5:05pm Sun 12 Aug 12

CM1 says...

"mr swift is entitled to his opinion"

...so am I; you are a muppet.
"mr swift is entitled to his opinion" ...so am I; you are a muppet. CM1
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6:44pm Sun 12 Aug 12

chris227 says...

howie the area of Bulwark is twinned with newport its a toss up which is worse!!
howie the area of Bulwark is twinned with newport its a toss up which is worse!! chris227
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8:20pm Sun 12 Aug 12

dodo777 says...

People are getting more angry by the day.You cant really blame them with a government that is targeting the sick ,disabled and low wage workers instead of going after rich tax dogders.Pay your share of tax and this country wouldnt have a problem.MARK HADDON IS RIGHT.
People are getting more angry by the day.You cant really blame them with a government that is targeting the sick ,disabled and low wage workers instead of going after rich tax dogders.Pay your share of tax and this country wouldnt have a problem.MARK HADDON IS RIGHT. dodo777
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8:38am Mon 13 Aug 12

Dai Rear says...

dodo777 wrote:
People are getting more angry by the day.You cant really blame them with a government that is targeting the sick ,disabled and low wage workers instead of going after rich tax dogders.Pay your share of tax and this country wouldnt have a problem.MARK HADDON IS RIGHT.
Wrong column . His name isn't Haddon, it's Swift. Robodad: if the lawyer was passing on what he was told then it was what he was told by his client , not by a doctor.If he'd checked it he wouldn''t have repeated it. And if you think that schizophrenia makes you behave like Swift then maybe you should read a bit more. It doesn't, any more than it makes you kill people. We all have people with schizophrenia living around us and they don't go to the shops behaving like a**holes, you numpty.
[quote][p][bold]dodo777[/bold] wrote: People are getting more angry by the day.You cant really blame them with a government that is targeting the sick ,disabled and low wage workers instead of going after rich tax dogders.Pay your share of tax and this country wouldnt have a problem.MARK HADDON IS RIGHT.[/p][/quote]Wrong column . His name isn't Haddon, it's Swift. Robodad: if the lawyer was passing on what he was told then it was what he was told by his client , not by a doctor.If he'd checked it he wouldn''t have repeated it. And if you think that schizophrenia makes you behave like Swift then maybe you should read a bit more. It doesn't, any more than it makes you kill people. We all have people with schizophrenia living around us and they don't go to the shops behaving like a**holes, you numpty. Dai Rear
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1:44pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Cornwall1 says...

chris227 wrote:
howie the area of Bulwark is twinned with newport its a toss up which is worse!!
Do you/have you lived in Bulwark - don't be so quick to judge all by your standards otherwise you are no different from Swift
[quote][p][bold]chris227[/bold] wrote: howie the area of Bulwark is twinned with newport its a toss up which is worse!![/p][/quote]Do you/have you lived in Bulwark - don't be so quick to judge all by your standards otherwise you are no different from Swift Cornwall1
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