Kirkby OAP's racist abuse forced family from their home

Marlborough Road, Kirkby
Marlborough Road, Kirkby

A Kirkby pensioner who racially abused a Latvian family for more than a year after the Brexit vote has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000 in court charges.

John Bowler swore and used racist language towards the couple and their children when he visited his granddaughter on Marlborough Road, between June 2016 and September 2017.

Prosecutor Robert Carr said Bowler had been a regular visitor and used to say hello to the family, but "suddenly turned nasty" around the time of the Brexit vote.

He said the abuse led to the parents being prescribed sedatives.

"The family decided to move away for the sake of harmony," he said. "They were not happy but they did move away.

"When police interviewed him, he said he was racist at the time, but not now. He accepted he could have dealt with any issues in a different way."

Amy Godson, mitigating, said Bowler's granddaughter had "significant issues" with her neighbours, who put padlocks on communal gates, and the landlord confirmed this.

She said another neighbour, who had been the victim of racism, had written a letter to the court explaining that Bowler had defended her.

She said the 68-year-old, of previous good character, was in very poor health, on 16 types of medication, and had to cope with 19 bereavements over the last few years.

Bowler, of Marlborough Road, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Friday.

He was fined £765, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £75 government surcharge.

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