Pontypool man avoids jail for cider-fuelled racist outburst

A CUSTOMER who racially abused and harassed a shop worker was fined.

Nathanial Lawlor, 19, abused shop owner Shahnaz Naeem several tines when she asked him to move away from the till at her store in Pontypool, a court heard.

Lawlor had downed 12 pints of cider when he insulted her, Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard.

Ms Naeem of the Penygarn Store, Central Drive, was left “intimidated” by the incident last month, prosecutor Ruth Hale said.

Lawlor, of Graves Court, Pontypool, admitted one count of causing racially aggravated harassment on February 14.

He was still the subject of a suspended, 34-week custodial sentence given to him in August, the bench was told.

Magistrates fined jobless Lawlor £75 with £85 prosecution costs, an £80 victim surcharge and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to Ms Naeem.

The January 14 incident was captured on CCTV and police arrested him on January 29.

His solicitor, Mike Heames, said Lawlor did not remember the incident clearly and understood he had drunk the 12 pints of cider “very quickly”.

Mr Heames added the outburst was “very stupid” but added it had been short.

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1:35pm Mon 18 Feb 13

displayed says...

So is he banned, he certainly doesn't deserve to be served in the shop by anyone!

if he cant hold his booze, he should give it up and stop blaming the drink for his actions!
So is he banned, he certainly doesn't deserve to be served in the shop by anyone! if he cant hold his booze, he should give it up and stop blaming the drink for his actions! displayed

1:37pm Mon 18 Feb 13

displayed says...

and understood he had drunk the 12 pints of cider “very quickly”.

So he's in a race to see how quickly he can lose all sense of respectability!

What a model citizen!
and understood he had drunk the 12 pints of cider “very quickly”. So he's in a race to see how quickly he can lose all sense of respectability! What a model citizen! displayed

2:29pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Tony Soprano says...

He's jobless yet he can afford to go out & drink 12 pints of cider!! Laughable isn't it?

They should have thrown the book at him. Racism is bad enough but would this clown have been so brave had it been a 6 foot 5 built like a barn door asian gentleman working in the store? I think not!!
He's jobless yet he can afford to go out & drink 12 pints of cider!! Laughable isn't it? They should have thrown the book at him. Racism is bad enough but would this clown have been so brave had it been a 6 foot 5 built like a barn door asian gentleman working in the store? I think not!! Tony Soprano

11:44pm Mon 18 Feb 13

P C Neilson says...

I'm glad we have not sent him to jail for this. What he got was fair and proportionate to his offence. Good call.
I'm glad we have not sent him to jail for this. What he got was fair and proportionate to his offence. Good call. P C Neilson

10:33am Tue 19 Feb 13

The Red Claw says...

Why did it take two weeks to arrest him? Lawlor must have been known to local police, as indicated by his recently awarded and suspended 34 week custodial sentence, a sentence which was not in the end activated anyway for this latest apparently uncontrollable alcohol induced racial outburst. Never mind, as he’s out and about and doesn’t appear to have a lot else to do, such as any form of work, perhaps he could stick another 12 pints down his neck, nip around to P.C. Neilson’s home and verbally abuse the family there in a fair and proportionate manner.
Why did it take two weeks to arrest him? Lawlor must have been known to local police, as indicated by his recently awarded and suspended 34 week custodial sentence, a sentence which was not in the end activated anyway for this latest apparently uncontrollable alcohol induced racial outburst. Never mind, as he’s out and about and doesn’t appear to have a lot else to do, such as any form of work, perhaps he could stick another 12 pints down his neck, nip around to P.C. Neilson’s home and verbally abuse the family there in a fair and proportionate manner. The Red Claw

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