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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Man held replica gun to guard's head while making racist threats

A man is facing a long prison sentence after admitting threatening a Pakistani security guard with an imitation gun in a racist incident at a west Cumbrian building site.

Nicky James Horsfall, 30, of Hillcrest, Northside, Workington, had already pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing the gun with intent to make the guard believe violence would be used against him.

He was due to go on trial at Carlisle Crown Court today on a second charge - making racially aggravated threats based on the man’s membership of the "Pakistani racial group".

But yesterday he unexpectedly pleaded guilty to that charge as well.

No details of the incident were given in court, other than that it happened at a construction site near Northside Road on October 12 last year.

But it is understood it occurred after the security guard reprimanded Horsfall for urinating against a fence at the building site.

Horsfall is said to have left the scene, only to return with the gun, which he held against the man’s face while making threats and insulting him over his race.

The court heard that Horsfall now faced “a significant prison sentence”.

He will be back in court on February 10.

Prosecuting counsel Tim Evans told the court that by then Horsfall would be facing charges arising from pictures allegedly found when his computer was examined by police to see if it contained any “material which might have supported any hostility to racial groups.”

No such material was found, he said, but Horsfall had been charged with possessing indecent images of children.

Horsfall was remanded in custody.

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