Drunken man sent to jail for racially aggravated assault on player and wife
A racist thug has been jailed for making monkey chants as he watched a football match on a public playing field.
Jason Lowe, 41, first picked on the wife of one of the players and then attacked him when he ran to her assistance.
He shouted racist taunts at both and a scuffle broke out as a group of drunken friends joined him, while other players ran to help victims Amrit and Satnan Singh.
Lowe and his friends could be heard making monkey noises in the background of the 999 call which the players made to the police, Exeter Crown Court was told.
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Lowe, of Smythen Street, Exeter, admitted two offences of racially aggravated assault by beating and was jailed for 19 months by Recorder Mr Brian Lett, QC.
He told him: "You approached a young lady who was recently arrived in this country. She was 21 and 5ft 2in tall. She was on her own in a public place. You were drunk and abused her in a totally gratuitous and unacceptable way.
"It comes as no surprise to learn she was extremely upset and that it has affected her confidence and left her feeling insecure since.
"There was no possible provocation and bearing in mind the importance of racial harmony in this country and the view which courts rightly take of those who racially abuse, I view this as a serious offence."
Bathsheba Cassel, prosecuting, said Amrit and Satnan Singh were a young couple of Sikh origin who had gone to Flowerpot Fields in Exeter for a game of football in which the husband was playing and the wife was watching.
She said: "She [Mrs Singh] was approached by the defendant and two others who immediately began to abuse her racially without any provocation whatsoever.
"She was called an Afghan and a Pakistani and sworn at and Lowe threatened her by making a gun shape with his fingers and saying he would shoot her.
"He grabbed her and pulled her towards him and she screamed for her husband who ran over from his match. He was also racially abused and then attacked, without causing any injury."
The court heard another player, Anderson Jones, came to their aid and other members of Lowe's group got involved in a scuffle.
Kelly Scrivener, defending, said Lowe has started addressing his alcohol problem since the offence and is now keen to work with the probation service.