Admits using racist language and bail breach

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A 45-year-old Skegness man kicked on the front door and used racially offensive language towards the husband of a friend of his, a court has been told.

James Grogan of Roman Bank, appeared in custody before magistrates in the town after breaking his bail condition not to go back to the flat where the couple lived.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that on March 3, Grogan went to the Skegness flat where his friend lived with their husband.

He said Grogan began banging and kicking on the door and used racist language while making a threat to ‘kill you’.

He returned three times, despite being warned by police officers not to do so, and repeated the behaviour on every occasion.

Mr Wood said that a neighbour heard the comments and told him to go but he replied with similar language.

Police arrested him, said Mr Wood, but Grogan returned to the flat after he was bailed and was re-­arrested and had been in custody since.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan said that Grogan was a recovering alcoholic and regretted what he had said.

“He says he is not a racist and that it was the drink talking,” said Mr Khan.

Grogan admitted using racially aggravated words and behaviour towards his friend’s husband with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He also admitted the bail breach.

Last Tuesday, the magistrates adjourned for sentence on May 12 and ordered a report from the Probation Service.

He was granted conditional bail and ordered not to contact the friend of their husband in any way.