CHESTERFIELD: Man to be sentenced over racist abuse

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A foul-mouthed thug who racially insulted two muslim women in headdresses in Chesterfield town centre faces possible jail.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, July 22, how former Navy serviceman Mark Carr, 41, of Holme Road, Chesterfield, had been drinking before unleashing racist abuse at the women, on Cavendish Street.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “One of the women had children in a double buggy and said she saw a male who appeared drunk and he was with a second male and the defendant swore. She said he used the words ‘f*** off, muslim b*****d’ and he was waving his hands and her children were crying and scared.”

The second woman heard the words ‘f*** off and go back to your own country’, according to Ms Mahon, and a witness saw the women crying. Carr pleaded guilty to using racially aggravated threatening behaviour and causing racially aggravated distress. He told police he felt angry because of the Woolwich murder and he has strong opinions about muslims not fitting in. Matt Evans, defending, said Carr is remorseful, had lost his job and stressed he does not hold extremist views and comments were motivated by booze. Magistrates adjourned the case until Thursday, July 25, and warned the racial element could mean custody.