22 Sep 2011
A judge has accused prosecutors of “double standards” over a drunk who allegedly racially abused an Irish worker at Westminster Cathedral.
Jonathan Steed called cathedral security guard Noel Doyle an “Irish bastard” and told him to “f**k off back to Ireland”, City of Westminster magistrates’ court heard. District judge Michael Snow suggested 43-year-old Steed would have been charged with racism if his victim had been black or eastern European.
The Crown Prosecution Service instead opted for the lesser charge of threatening behaviour.
Remanding Steed in custody until September 29 for a psychiatric report to be prepared, judge Snow said: “This is not racially aggravated? If it was Jamaican or Latvian, it would be racially aggravated. We have got to be careful we don’t have double-standards with these things – it’s pretty appalling language.”
Mr Doyle, 46, said today: “It should have been treated as a racial offence. As soon as he heard my accent he began shouting racial abuse.”
Steed, of no fixed address, admitted threatening behaviour.