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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Funeral-goer drank 17 pints, shouted abuse on Carlisle street

A drinker downed 17 pints at a family funeral and shouted abuse on Botchergate in Carlisle.

Adam Robertson, 19, of Chertsey Mount, off London Road, Carlisle, had been drinking during the day, and evening, on August 2, city magistrates heard.

He didn’t remember what he said to an Asian man but told police he thought the man was looking at him and talking about him to someone he was on the phone to, the court heard.

Robertson was on English Gate Plaza at 11pm when an argument broke out with him shouting racist comments.

Prosecutor Adrienne Harris said he told police they “always take their side” and “this country is going downhill, they’re all on benefits”.

He admitted to officers that his comments could have been deemed racist, but he really couldn’t remember everything he had said.

Robertson, who admitted being drunk and disorderly, apologised and said he was very embarrassed about the whole incident.

He was fined £147 with prosecution costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £20.

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