Britisher racially abuses Asian
A member of the British National Party, an extreme rightwing party, is convicted for racially abusing an Asian woman.india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 18:54 IST
A member of the British National Party, an extreme rightwing party, was today convicted of racially abusing an Asian woman, although the victim remained untraced and the exact slur could not be heard by the only witness.
After hearing the evidence, Swansea magistrates found 40-year-old Robert McGlynn guilty of racially-aggravated disorderly conduct and fined him 200 pounds. They also ordered him to pay another 200 pounds as legal costs.
According to an eye witness, Lydia Rees, 43, McGlynn was seen shouting abuse at a traditionally dressed unknown Asian woman through the open window of his car as he drove though Swansea, South Wales, in June.
McGlynn, who was arrested and charged a week later, told the court he had been "hung, drawn and quartered" before he set foot in the courtroom.
Rees' reporting of the race hate incident earned her a community safety award from South Wales Police, which was presented to her in the summer, before the case came to court.
McGlynn, who is unemployed, single and lives with his mother, said: "This is a crime without a victim with evidence from someone who admitted they didn't really hear what was happening and who had already had an award for reporting the case before she stepped into court.
"I am completely innocent and it worries me what is happening in Britain today," he said.
"You have mad mullahs preaching death and destruction in our streets and nothing is done while law-abiding people can be convicted of nothing more than driving their car with the window open," he said.
First Published: Sep 21, 2006 18:54 IST