A mum-of-two racially abused a bouncer after she was chucked out of a pub during a celebration for a relative’s newborn baby.
Caught on camera being held back by a pal, she told the female member of door staff: “You n*****. I’m going to batter you.
“Go on, give it to me. Assault me, you’re a n*****. I have had enough of this s***.”
A court heard her behaviour was ‘affected by the amount of alcohol she had consumed’.
In an impact statement read in court, the victim said: “This incident made me feel low. I can’t believe people still use this language in this day and age. it has made me feel I can’t attend work anymore.”
Bentley-Gray, of Mead Way Denton, has now been ordered to pay the woman £250 compensation.
She pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated common assault at Tameside Magistrates’ Court. Bentley-Gray was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid community work.
Earlier, the court heard the attack happened on June 9 last year. Bentley-Gray had been out celebrating the birth of a relative’s baby at a Denton pub. The establishment was not named in court.
Prosecutor Martha Dowd told the court: “[The victim] works as a door supervisor at the public house in Denton and she had been doing that for four months and had previously worked as a door supervisor for six years.
“She had been asked to remove the defendant due to some sort of altercation within the bar. She asked the defendant to leave and initially the defendant complied with no issues.
“However, when she got outside she ‘switched’ and according to witnesses started ‘going mad’.
“Her friend was trying to pull her away, but she was shouting at [the victim] calling her a ‘n*****’ and saying ‘you are going to get battered’.
“She was repeating the racial language.”
Bentley-Gray claimed she could remember little of the incident. She denied being racist.
“In a statement, she said: “I don’t know why I came out with that term.”
A probation report detailed in court read: “She has shown remorse they were out celebrating the birth of a baby in the family. She doesn’t normally drink and doesn’t remember a lot of the incident.
“However, she has shown a good insight into the impact the language she used would have had on the victim.
“It is not normal language and she has never used it before. Clearly her behaviour was affected by the amount of alcohol she had consumed at the time.
“She isn’t someone I would identify as posing a risk to society. There are certain aspects of her life which warrant support and she suffers from depression.
“She is the sole carer for two children. Both of them are in their teens, she is quite protective of them she wants to come across as strong when she needs a lot of support.
“She is in debt and that was causing her anxiety at the time.”
Defence lawyer Joanne Black said in mitigation: “As you can see she’s highly mortified and embarrassed by her behaviour. She’s not somebody who usually drinks and has no issues with alcohol.
“She says herself she is not a racist and adds ‘I don’t know why I came out with that term’.
“She is somebody who has clearly demonstrated her remorse.”
Passing sentence, District judge Judge Healy said: “You have behaved appallingly on the night in question the victim was just doing their job.
“It is a difficult job, they have to deal with people who have consumed alcohol. You had consumed an awful lot. It is a challenging position for them to be in.
“You subjected the victim to really appalling, racist abuse and physical violence.
“If there is any repetition of this in the future, you need to appreciate the consequences. I understand the stress you were facing, but that isn’t an excuse for this to take place.”
Source – Manchester Evening News