13:08 Monday 02 December 2013

Racist attacker back in court


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A BURTON man has appeared back in court just days after being spared jail for a racially motivated attack on his neighbour.

Christopher Bingham was handed a suspended prison sentence last week following months of abuse against Mohammed Ishaq which culminated in him smearing blood on his neighbour’s door on Christmas Day.

Bingham, 53, of South Oak Street, was hauled back before magistrates over a separate incident which happened just hours after a previous court appearance.

Bingham continued to shout abuse from his back garden which forced Mr Ishaq to call the police again as he felt ‘scared’ and ‘intimidated’ by his neighbour’s antics.

Bingham had hurled racist abuse towards Mr Ishaq and his family after over a two-month period after their relationship turned sour.

Police were called to South Oak Street several times before Bingham was arrested earlier this year.

But even his arrest and an appearance in court did not put a stop to the abuse, with the police called again on September 13.

Moira Bell, prosecuting at Burton Magistrates’ Court, said: “The defendant had been in court the day this incident happened. Mr Bingham had been released from court and was back at home. He was kicking his own back door and was swearing at himself.

“Mr Ishaq assumed his neighbour was just angry about the court case but then he saw him in his back garden continuing with the verbal abuse.”

Bingham was ordered to carry out 60 hours unpaid work in addition to an eight-month suspended prison sentence and three-year restraining order he received last week.

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