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Racist abused shopkeeper.

A CUSTOMER subjected a shop assistant to a vile tirade of racist abuse - because he wasn't allowed to charge his mobile phone in the store.

Scott Steanson went into the convenience store hoping to top up his battery, a service which had previously been offered there.

But when told that was no longer possible, Steanson saw red and repeatedly called the man a racist name. A court heard Steanson, who appeared in court on his 31st birthday, has learning difficulties and mental health problems, but a judge told him he has to understand he can't behave in the way he did.

Steanson, of Blake Walk, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to racial aggravation causing harassment, alarm or distress and was sentenced to a two-year community order with a two-month curfew between 8pm and 6am.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2019
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