Christmas turkey jibe leads to racist rant and rape threat from Watford restaurant worker, Sinan Osman, court hears

A Turkish restaurant worker from Watford has been given a community order after pleading guilty to racial harassment at Stansted Airport coach station.

The incident happened after a jibe was made about "turkeys being eaten for Christmas" Chelmsford Magistrates were told.

Sinan Osman, 40, of Bradshaw Road, abused customer services staff and accused one of them of being racist, a court the court was told.

He then described staff as being black in a derogatory manner and told them, "I would rape you".

Osman, who was born in this country, pleaded guilty to an offence of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress on November 26 this year and was given a 12-month community order with 120 hours unpaid work and costs of £145.

Prosecutor Angela Hughes said members of the public, including children, were at the coach station when Osman was abusive.

Mitigating, Aileen Tring said: "Osman badly over-reacted to a comment made about him coming from Turkey and turkey being something you ate at Christmas. That's when it kicked off."

She said Osman, who was of Turkish descent but brought up in this country, had been drinking alcohol which he didn't normally do.

She continued: "He has been subject to racism, and his friends, through his entire life so he is sick at the thought he is now considered a racist because that is not what he is.

"He apologises to members of staff in the coach station and accepts it was entirely unacceptable and bitterly regrets doing it.

"He has learned a harsh lesson. It's on his record that he is a racist."

As he left the dock, Osman said: "I apologise. I am not a racist person."

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2:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

S/O man says...

i bet the prosecutor was delighted with the sentance, lets rid this counrty of these racists.
i bet the prosecutor was delighted with the sentance, lets rid this counrty of these racists. S/O man

8:02pm Thu 12 Dec 13

LSC says...

I thought the going rate for drunken racist rants was now prison? Or did the Tube guy last week have previous?
I thought the going rate for drunken racist rants was now prison? Or did the Tube guy last week have previous? LSC

10:09pm Thu 12 Dec 13

pepsiman says...

So what’s the Watford restaurant he works in?
So what’s the Watford restaurant he works in? pepsiman

10:30pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

LSC wrote:
I thought the going rate for drunken racist rants was now prison? Or did the Tube guy last week have previous?
Far too often victims have claimed there is far too much inconsistency in our justice system as defense teams clutch at any straw in the legal game. If they were refereeing football matches, the ensuing chaos would lead supporters to believe that the fraud allegations.are indeed very real.
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: I thought the going rate for drunken racist rants was now prison? Or did the Tube guy last week have previous?[/p][/quote]Far too often victims have claimed there is far too much inconsistency in our justice system as defense teams clutch at any straw in the legal game. If they were refereeing football matches, the ensuing chaos would lead supporters to believe that the fraud allegations.are indeed very real. Cuetip

9:42am Fri 13 Dec 13

oxheypaul says...

Not only is it racist, there is also the threat of violence, when he charmingly tells customer services staff he would rape them. And still no custodial sentence.
Not only is it racist, there is also the threat of violence, when he charmingly tells customer services staff he would rape them. And still no custodial sentence. oxheypaul

1:59pm Fri 13 Dec 13

CaptainPC says...

What goes arounf comes around. It's Kismet.
What goes arounf comes around. It's Kismet. CaptainPC

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