Exmouth man pleads guilty to racial abuse

PUBLISHED: 14:15 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:30 28 October 2016

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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An Exmouth man has admitted racially abusing two takeaway workers when he was drunk.

Samuel Tigwell was woken up by a concerned passer-by after passing out in the centre of Exmouth but as soon as he woke up he went into the fast food shop and started shouting abuse, a court has heard.

Police found him with a knife after they were called by the staff of the shop in Queen Street on April 21 this year.

Tigwell, aged 25, of Cunningham Road, admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour and possession of a knife.

The indictment said he showed racial antagonism to the two staff at the shop by calling them foreigners and using a word which suggested they were of Pakistani origin.

He appeared at Exeter Crown Court from Portland Prison by video link because he is currently serving a two year sentence imposed in August for threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Recorder Mr Donald Tait adjourned the case for sentencing next week, when Tigwell will appear once again by video link.

Mr Paul Grumbar, defending, said Tigwell was so drunk on the night of the offences he did not pose any real danger to anyone.

He said: “The CCTV shows he was completely out of it. He was very drunk and asleep on a pavement. A woman took him in charge but he went into the fish bar and swore at the staff.

“He did not represent a danger to anyone because he was so drunk he did not know where he was.”

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