Irishman found guilty of racially abusing and attacking another Irishman
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Irishman found guilty of racially abusing and attacking another Irishman

AN IRISHMAN has admitted to verbally and physically abusing a fellow countryman in what has been described as a racially aggravated assault.

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, Darren Matthews physically attacked Martin Doocey outside a Co-Op shop in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire while also chanting racist verbal abuse at the victim.

After he was arrested, he admitted to police that he was involved in a fight with Mr Doocey but said Doocey had provoked him and was "up for a fight".

Lincoln Crown Court heard that Mr Doocey provoked Mr Matthews. Matthews appeared to walk away but returned after a comment was made outside the shop.

Solicitor Mark Watson, in mitigation, said Matthews "was not inspired by a dislike for the Irish community but a dislike for Mr Doocey."

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He also said that Matthews was Irish himself and had no dislike of the Irish.

Matthews, 40, of King Street, Market Rasen, admitted racially aggravated assault occasioning actual body harm and a breach of a six-week suspended jail sentence imposed by Lincoln magistrates in October 2015 for possession of an offensive weapon.

The Court handed Mr Matthews a 12 month community order with supervision.

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