Exeter Man admits kebab shop racist attack
A MAN has been found guilty of racially abusing an East Devon kebab shop owner and throwing a brick through his window.
At Exeter Magistrates Court, Marc Carpenter, 32, from Clarence Road, Exeter, but formerly Broad Street, Ottery St Mary, pleaded guilty to the charge of racially aggravated criminal damage on July 1.
The court heard that Carpenter threw a brick through the Charcoal Grill in Ottery St Mary while owner Omar Akbulut was inside.
A second charge of racially aggravated harassment was dropped by the time of the court hearing.
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Unemployed Carpenter was sentenced at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Monday, January 28, to a community order of 260 hours of unpaid community service and to pay Mr Akbulut £250 compensation.
Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting, said: "On July 1, Mr Carpenter stood outside the Charcoal Grill and Mr Akbulut said he could see him standing with a brick in his hand.
"He described Mr Carpenter as looking at him and throwing it through the window, causing it to smash."
The court heard how Mr Carpenter was subsequently arrested and shouted to police using abusive language about Mr Akbulut.
"He had discussed his plans to put a brick through the window with his wife who advised him against it," Ms Baker said. "He said he was glad he did it but blamed Mr Akbulut for giving him grief."
Stephen Nunn, defending, added: "He has a personal difficulty with this individual and it's between the two of them. They do not get on.
"What Mr Carpenter did wasn't about him being racist, but when he used words to describe how he felt about this person he used words which are racially aggravated – there's a big difference between being a racist and using racially aggravated words.
"This is not the only allegation that's been made against Mr Carpenter but it's the only one that's come to court."
The court heard that despite his wife living in Ottery St Mary, Carpenter decided to move to Exeter in order to avoid any future allegations.
In sentencing, the chairman of the magistrates, said: "Racially aggravated criminal damage is a thoroughly unpleasant offence.
"We're completely unimpressed and it's time you started to hit the straight and narrow."