A Taxi driver feared for his safety as a man in Worcester racially abused him.
The cabbie, Nasir Mahmood was driving his taxi just after midnight when he picked up Jack Payne from Barker Street.
Payne was under the influence of alcohol as he began using racially abusive language towards Mr Mahmood. To avoid further confrontation, the taxi driver then ordered Payne to leave his cab, saying he would not take him any further because of his abusive attitude.
The magistrates in Worcester heard how 22 years old Payne from Rodborough Drive tried to get into the front seat of the taxi to beat Mr Mahmood. The taxi driver got panicked by the unwanted situation, and then he dialled 999, and several police officers were sent to the scene.
The prosecutor Mr Shafqat Reaz said: “The situation is very much clear as this is a hate crime, the defendant tried to jump into the front seat of the car to get physical with Mr Mahmood, while he still used the racial and abusive language.”
Payne was in grave danger of being sent to prison due to the nature of the offence, but the court heard that Payne was in a stressful state of mind on that night because of his ongoing personal issues for which he is seeking support.
The court ordered Payne to pay Mr Mahmood £100 for the emotional distress he caused. Also, the court ordered Payne to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.