Man who attacked Subway worker could go to jail

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A MAN who racially abused a server for refusing to add extra items to his sandwich could face jail.

The 26-year-old appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court after the sandwich shop attack, an incident on New Year’s Day and the assault of a police officer.

John Seymour, 26, from Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, racially abused a worker at Subway’s takeaway shop on November 11.

The court heard how Seymour had become abusive after asking for extra fillings and being refused.

When Seymour was asked to leave the store on the High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, he pushed the worker against the counter. Seymour then threw a plastic cookie display off the counter, which smashed on the floor. He was arrested the next day when he returned to the shop to apologise.

The court heard how in interview, Seymour said that he believed the worker to be of Mexican origin. When police told Seymour that the worker was from Pakistan, he replied ‘he’s a funny looking Pakistani’.

When the interview tapes were turned off, Seymour said to the police officer ‘one day you will be glad of people like me’. When asked to clarify what he meant, he said: ‘We are overrun with them.’

Seymour faces one charge of racially aggravated criminal damage and one of racially aggravated harassment.

He was also answering two charges of possessing an offensive weapon, two charges of criminal damage and one of using threatening behaviour for an incident which happened outside the Pier Street Wine Bar in Lee-on-the-Solent in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

On this occasion, he had become abusive at closing time when asked to drink up, which resulted in a bouncer throwing him out.

He kicked out at a door, causing it to smash, as well as kicking the DJ’s car and denting it.

Seymour also faces a charge of assaulting a police officer, after police went to his house on February 6 as CCTV had seen him with outside with a brick in his hand looking agitated. The officers had to use CS spray to restrain him.

Defence Adrian Dodd said: ‘It is quite obvious that this young man has a number of problems.’

Seymour entered guilty pleas for all nine offences.

He was given conditional bail until Friday, June 21, when he will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court to face sentencing.

He has been ordered not to enter Pier Street Wine Bar or Subway’s on High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent.