Drunk fined for racist abuse in kebab shop

A drunk man screamed racist abuse at staff in his local takeaway after they refused to give him a free meal, a court heard. William McNeill also shouted “Al-Qaida” at workers in the kebab shop.

McNeill, 42, appeared for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday. He had earlier pleaded guilty to acting in a racially aggravated manner and using racially offensive language towards restaurant worker Hazim Hashim on February 27 this year.

Sheriff Donald Muirhead fined McNeill £500. He told him: “The court has a job to teach people not to behave in a racially aggravated manner the way that you did.”

Scotsman, 18 March 2011