A DRINK-FUELLED yob who hurled racist abuse at a takeaway owner before threatening to ‘cut him up’, has been jailed.
Matthew Winstanley, of Park Road South in Birkenhead, pulled a knife on Huseyin Yilmaz after being asked to leave Uni Chicken on Garden Lane in Chester.
Appearing before Chester Crown Court on Monday, the 21-year-old was jailed for 10 months following the drunken outburst as he sheltered from the rain in the takeaway.
At around 5pm on February 10 last year, Mr Yilmaz was working in the chicken and kebab shop when Winstanley entered with his girlfriend.
When Mr Yilmaz asked if they were going to buy anything, Winstanley hurled racist abuse at the Turkish owner before drawing a three-inch box cutting knife and threatening to ‘cut his face up’.
“He suddenly took out a knife from his jacket pocket, he had the blade pointed out towards Mr Yilmaz and he shouted ‘I’m going to cut you up’,” said Joanne Maxwell, prosecuting.
“More employees came to assist. By this point he had backed out on to the street and was standing outside the window of the shop. He was seen to spit at the window.
“[Mr Yilmaz] heard him shout ‘go back to your own country’.”
When arrested, Winstanley could not remember the exact words he shouted as he was drunk, but said he had the blade on him as he had been using it to cut boxes earlier that day.
Winstanley, who has previous convictions for dishonesty matters, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and racially aggravated provocation.
Adrian Evans, defending, said his client suffered from ADHD, saying: “He became embarrassed that the argument was taking place in front of his girlfriend.
“Unfortunately he did lose his temper, he did use the racist language, but he did not have any intention of hurting anyone.”
Sentencing Winstanley to four months for the racist attack and six months for the weapon, to be served consecutively, Judge Nicolas Woodward said: “You behaved aggressively and were racially abusive towards a takeaway owner who was doing no more than providing a public service.”