Asda race abuse blamed on booze

TWO DRUNKS unloaded a barrage of racist abuse towards staff at a Dewsbury supermarket after they were asked to leave. 

Waqas Hussain, 30, and Ibrar Mehrban, 28, were both asked to leave the Asda store in Mill Street West on October 22 by members of the in-house security team.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that the two men were spotted entering the store at around 6.25am on the day of the incident.

One of the victims, Vicky Oldroyd, was aware that Hussain was barred from the store and confronted him, asking him to leave the premises.

However, he became verbally aggressive towards Ms Oldroyd and continued to shout and swear at other members of staff.

He eventually fled the store but police officers caught up with him in Dewsbury town centre.

Hussain, who suffers with alcohol problems, claimed that he could not remember the incident as he had drunk between two and three litres of vodka earlier with friends.

He said: “I can’t remember what happened, I was p****d – I’m sorry.”

Paul Blanchard, mitigating told the court Hussain was now holding down a job.

He also said that Ms Oldroyd had dealt with Hussain on a number of occasions so would not have felt threatened.

Mehrban became upset when he was wrongly told that he was also banned from the store.

He branded security guard Kristoffer Alexander a n****r and said: “These white people whose a***s you’re kissing are the same people who hang blacks and Asians.”

Zara Begum, mitigating on behalf of Mehrban, said that her client had been drinking and was upset he had been wrongly accused of being banned from the store.

Hussain, of Savile Road, Savile Town, admitted threatening behaviour and was fined £185.

Mehrban, of Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour and was fined £240.

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