MAGISTRATES have jailed a Workington man for a month after convicting him of using racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

Stephen Leo McDowell, 27, denied committing the offence on October 10 last year.

But he was convicted after atrial that was held at Carlisle's Rickergate court.

After hearing representations from the defendant's lawyer, Laura Broome, magistrates imposed an immediate one-month jail term.

They said the racial and religious element of the threatening behaviour was what aggravated the offence and made it serious enough to warrant a jail term.

The charge stated that the defendant, of Eskdale Crescent, intended to make the victim fear that unlawful violence would be used against him.

Magistrates ruled that the defendant must pay his victim compensation of £400 and a victim surcharge of £128. There was no order for costs because of McDowell's 'limited means.'