A Newtown mum has admitted telling a Polish man to go back to his own country following an altercation between him and some local children.
Rachel Hunt, of Lyon Street, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated intentional harassment during her trial at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday.
Fellow Newtown resident Marcin Sadowskii had been playing football with his three-year-old son in the park on St Anne Street on March 10 this year when he claims a group of young children – who were without any adult supervision – started causing trouble, accusing him of swearing at them.
The court heard that 30-year-old Hunt appeared and racially abused him.
Mr Sadowskii said: “She was really angry, shouting and swearing.
“She asked me why I was swearing at her child.
“I was not swearing in my native language or in my other language, which is British.
“Then she said I should go back to my country.
“She said I should not live in this country.”
Mr Sadowskii said he was not angered by what Hunt had said to him, just ‘very sad’.
“We are parents and we are adults. We have to lead children.”
He added that his son had trouble sleeping in the weeks following the incident and asked him where his home was.
Joseph Waterson told the court that he had been playing basketball in the park with his girlfriend when he became aware that a group of children were getting in the way of Mr Sadowskii and his son.
He said he heard a young girl say that Mr Sadowskii had sworn at them, but that he did not hear him swear or raise his voice.
Mr Waterson said it would be fair to say that it looked like the kids were ‘winding him up’.
He said he heard the defendant, who he thought looked ‘quite infuriated’, say ‘go back to your own f****** country’.”
Richard Thomas, defending, said it was an ‘isolated incident’.
The court heard that Hunt was working voluntarily with a support worker and receiving parenting advice.
District Judge Michael Abelson said: "Using bad language towards anyone is unacceptable but saying what you did is wholely unacceptable.
"He is a nice guy and he has contributed to this country. Do not speak to him like that."
District Judge Abelson handed her a conditional discharge for two years and ordered her to pay £150 in costs.
He also granted a restraining order prohibiting Hunt from contacting Mr Sadowskii.