Suspended jail sentence for racial abuse

A WOMAN who racially abused a member of staff at a Skegness Job Centre has been given a suspended jail sentence and a hefty financial penalty.

Amanda Sealey was told she had only been spared immediate custody because she has a young child.

Judge Sean Morris told her “Racism will not be tolerated. This was a nasty crime. We are in a multi-racial society and racial harmony is essential for a well-ordered society.

“The appropriate sentence is six months. However you have not been in trouble for a long time and you have a seven year old child. The taxpayers would have to take up the cost of looking after your family if you were jailed.”

Sealey was given a six month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with a 12 month supervision order. She was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to her victim and £1,250 prosecution costs.

Sealey,37, of Clifton Grove, Skegness, admitted a racially aggravated public order charge causing harassment, alarm or distress on 29 October 2010.

Simon Rowe, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court Sealey entered the Job Centre on Wainfleet Road, Skegness, and was clearly looking for someone.

She began shouting and then became agitated and upset.

Staff member Simon Howards intervened because the effect her behaviour was having on other customers.

But Sealey responded with racial abuse directed towards Mr Howards who is black. She then directed her abuse towards a white member of staff before making obscene gestures and leaving.

Andrew Cogan, defending, said Sealey acted out of character.

He said the incident only lasted for a short period of time and there was nothing to suggest she will get into trouble again in the future.