Sunday, November 25, 2012
Drunken Welshman who sang anti-English songs on bus after wedding found guilty of racial abuse
This is consistent with British law but it's rather pathetic that songs require the attention of the police and the courts<
A drunken Welsh wedding guest who insulted the English was convicted of racism today. Phillip Pritchard, 32, was on a coach home from a smart country wedding in Wales when he started singing anti-English songs.
He began by singing rugby songs but then segued into anti-English chants of his own design.
Another Welshman on the coach objected to Pritchard’s taunts and a 'heated row' erupted, forcing the coach driver to pull over into a lay-by and call police.
Pritchard, of Swansea, admitted using racially aggravated threatening, insulting, abusive words or behaviour.
Lucinda Nicholls, defending, said: 'He was one of many guests at a wedding function and it appears they were all intoxicated to some extent. 'There was some banter between some English people and Mr Pritchard, who is Welsh. 'Rugby songs were chanted and he got carried away.
'Just to add to the unusualness of the situation, the complainant in the matter is Welsh, not English, but felt other people on the bus would take offence.'
Pritchard was given a 12-month conditional discharge with costs of £150 by Brecon magistrates.