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Man 'made pig noises at hotel worker' COURT TOLD HE 'ASSUMED EGYPTIAN CHRISTIAN VICTIM WAS A MUSLIM'.

A MAN who made pig snorting noises towards a hotel worker, assuming he was a Muslim, has been convicted of racially aggravated harassment.

The victim, an Egyptian man living and working in Llangollen, told Flintshire magistrates he was actually a Christian.

Defendant Michael Williams, 61, of Poyser Street in Wrexham, was bailed to appear for sentence at Wrexham magistrates' court on September 14 and as part of his bail conditions he was banned from entering Llangollen.

He was warned that all sentencing options including custody would remain open.

Prosecutor John Wylde said that Williams had simply assumed victim Zachariah Hannah was a Muslim and made pig snorting noises each time he saw him because of his belief the complainant did not eat pork.

On one occasion he had done it at the hotel in front of the owner and had been banned from the premises.

Williams said that he had not made pig snorting noises and did not know what religion Mr Hannah was.

Mr Hannah said he worked at The Royal Hotel in Llangollen, where he first met Williams, who dated a woman who worked there.

He would have a drink at the hotel while waiting for her to finish work.

He said on one occasion Williams refused to shake his hand in the street, saying it was against his religion.

He then made pig snorting noises towards him each time he saw him.

Following an incident when he was watering flowers at the hotel and he could hear the defendant snorting loudly towards him, he decided to report the matter to the police.

Williams said that he was not a racist and had never been one.

He said that there were a lot of "people like that", from other countries, in Llangollen, and he had never had any trouble with anyone else.

Magistrates said that Mr Hannah gave good and credible evidence while Williams had contradicted himself several times.

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Date:Aug 23, 2016
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