Pensioner jailed for assaults on police officer and taxi-driver in racial rumpus at pub

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A pensioner from Bulwell has been jailed after a police officer and a taxi-driver were assaulted in a racial rumpus outside a pub.

George Edgar, 65, committed the attacks at the end of a daytime drinking session at the Fox And Crown pub on Church Street, Basford on Tuesday, July 21.

He was sent to prison for 18 weeks and told by District Judge Leo Pyle at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court that his behaviour was “abysmal and unacceptable”.

The court heard that alcoholic Edgar, of Gabrielle Close, had “fallen off the wagon” and was drinking with a friend after hearing information about his brother, who was in hospital with cancer.

His friend ordered him a taxi to take him home at 5.50 pm. But when Edgar got in the car, the driver, Faraidun Moradi, said the booking was for someone else.

As he got out, Edgar slammed the door and hurled “a tirade of racist abuse” at Mr Moradi.

When Mr Moradi wound down the window, Edgar spat on the driver’s shirt, pushed him in the chest and punched him in the face with his clenched fist.

“The driver was really scared,” David Miles prosecuting, told the court. “He locked his door, but Edgar hit the car several times.

“When the police were called and Pc Tear arrived, Edgar told him: You will need more back-up. You are not arresting me!”

Edgar proceeded to punch Pc Tear two or three times in the eye, Mr Miles continued. When he was “taken to the ground and handcuffed”, he spat at the officer before finally calming down.

Edgar pleaded guilty to three offences -- racially aggravated assault of Mr Moradi, assault of Pc Tear and racially aggravated damage of Mr Moradi’s Skoda taxi.

The offences were in breach of a court order that had been previously imposed on him for similar offences of racist behaviour and violence.

Rebecca Meadows, mitigating, said the incident arose because of a mix-up over whose name the taxi was booked under.

But Edgar accepted that his behaviour was “completely intolerable” and that, when in drink, he was an “unpleasant” man.

“After receiving the news about his brother, he sought solace at the bottom of a bottle,” said Miss Meadows.

“But he had previously been determined to stay dry and had worked hard with the Clean Slate programme. Since these offences, he has not had a drink, and his intention is not to have one for the rest of his life.

“He does stay out of trouble when not in drink. If sent to prison, he could lose his accommodation and his stability, and could fall back into drink.”

Nevertheless, Judge Pyle felt Edgar’s behaviour was aggravated by his criminal record and added: “These were sustained assaults on men going about their duty and doing a public service.”

As well as the prison term, Edgar was ordered to pay compensation of £100 to both the police officer and the taxi driver, plus court costs and charges totalling £260.