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Man called supermarket staff 'yellow Paki b***ards'

A MAN who called shop staff "yellow Paki b***ards" and tried to get past gardai to fight them has been told to make a charity donation to avoid a criminal record.

Karol Bates (23) insisted he was not a violent person and the incident was out of character.

Bates, of Cloverhill Drive, Ballyfermot, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Dame Street on February 15, 2012.

Sgt Mary Doherty said gardai were called because the defendant was involved in an altercation at Centra in Dame Street.

Bates called workers "yellow Paki b***ards". When gardai arrived and intervened, he was trying to barge past them to "get involved in further fighting".

The court heard the defendant had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Bates' recollection of the public order incident was vague as he had a lot of drink taken.

"He is not a violent person and it would be very much out of character for him to go looking for an altercation," she said.

The defendant was working, his future employment could be affected by convictions and he was very concerned about this, Ms Buckley said.

Judge Denis McLoughlin adjourned the case for Bates to donate €200 to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

He said that if he did this and came to no further garda attention he would not impose a conviction.

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