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Quiz guru in 'race abuse' parking row; COURT.

Byline: EUAN STRETCH

A FORMER mastermind contestant racially abused a German neighbour and tried to throttle him in a parking row, a court heard.

Postman John Burke, who also appeared on University Challenge, is accused of attacking Uwe Cordes after the German's wife complained about Burke's car blocking their garage last September.

Victoria Hale, prosecuting, told jurors that Burke was waiting for mr Cordes as he drove up to his house.

She told maidstone crown court: "He used the words 'you German piece of s***. If that piece of s*** of a wife speaks to my wife again I will shut her up for good'.

"He calls her a German idiot. He threatens to 'set this heap alight'. He grabs him around the neck."

Mr Cordes told the court: "I find it shocking to be referred to in this sort of way."

Burke, 51, of Faversham, Kent, denies racially aggravated affray and assault by beating. The trial continues.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2011
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