Drunk who shouted racist abuse and made threats to kill jailed

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A drunk who shouted racist abuse at a shop worker and threatened to kill him has been jailed for 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Neil Spencer repeated the threats a number of times to staff at the Apex convenience store in Roman Bank, Skegness, before police were called to the premises.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said Spencer, who had a knife with him, was known to the staff because he had used the shop in the past.

Mr Janes said: “It is quite clear he was already agitated when he entered the store. The best explanation is that he was drunk.”

Spencer, 28, of William Way, Skegness, admitted charges of racially aggravated threatening behaviour and possession of a knife in a public place as a result of the incident on 21 October 2014.

Judge John Pini QC told him on Friday: “There has to be an immediate custodial sentence.”

Gordon Holt, defending, said that at the time of the incident Spencer had started drinking following the breakdown of a relationship.

Mr Holt said “Since this his life has moved on. He has stopped drinking.

“There is an argument to say that he is nowhere near the risk he posed last year because of the positive steps he has taken to improve his life.

“He wishes to apologise and would like to express his shame.”