Man who hurled racist abuse is jailed

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A RACIST thug described by his barrister as 'a charming man' has been jailed for 14 months.

Thomas Martindale threatened to 'bottle' shop owner Jagdish Patel and told another man, Jason Jones, he would stab him and his family, on two nights of drink-fuelled mayhem.

Louisa Bagley, defending, said Martindale had changed his ways since the offences but a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court locked him up.

The first incident happened at the Select and Save store in Park House Farm Way, Havant, after Martindale and some friends stole a bottle of white wine.

When Mr Patel confronted them Martindale swore and shouted racist abuse before saying: 'If you come over here I will bottle you.' Later that day, in January, when Mr Patel was locking up his shop Martindale and his gang returned.

The 21-year-old, who had a stone in his hand, said: 'Get in your car before I crack you one.' As Mr Patel drove off one of Martindale's group launched the stone at the windscreen, smashing it.

The second incident, in May, happened as Martindale and two others were walking in Stockheath Lane, Havant, after a night out. Alison Jones and her husband Jason went outside because they thought someone was damaging their Citroen Saxo.

They were met by Martindale who hurled racist abuse at the couple. They went back in but he smashed an outside lamp and hammered on their door shouting: 'Come outside, I will come back and stab your whole family.'

The court heard Martindale has convictions for 32 offences, including burglary and harassment, from the last two years. But Ms Bagley, defending, said: 'Mr Martindale is surprisingly a charming young man when he is sober. He displays a completely different character when he is under the influence of alcohol.'

Martindale, of Dockenfield Close, Havant, pleaded guilty to two charges of a racially aggravated public order offence, racially aggravated criminal damage, criminal damage and theft.