Birmingham: Woman uses racial slur and spits towards bouncer
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Sharna Walker, 25, was branded a “risk to the public” as a judge sentenced her to 14 weeks imprisonment for racially aggravated assault and criminal damage. Footage – shared in court at a previous date – showed Walker repeat racial slurs at doorman Tristan Price after being kicked out of a Wetherspoons in central Birmingham.
She also pushed over tables and furniture on the way out of the venue, before pulling the front door so hard it caused the glass to shatter in May this year.
Sentencing Walker yesterday at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, District Judge John Bristow said: “This truly shocking language has no place in the UK and any right-thinking member of the community would be utterly repelled by it.”
The yob burst into tears as guards applied handcuffs to her wrists, Birmingham Live reports.
Walker was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to Mr Price and was banned from the pub for two years unless landlord JD Wetherspoon gives her permission to attend.
Sarah Woulfe, prosecuting, told the court Walker and her friends became “rowdy” during their evening out, and were asked to leave.
But when Mr Price helped one of them look for a lost phone, Walker took a sip of her drink and spat it at his back.
She repeated the racial slurs outside the venue.
Ms Woulfe, reading an impact statement, said the incident had “stayed longer” with Mr Price than being threatened with a knife or dealing with other drunken behaviour during his time on the job.
She told the court he had also seen a support worker.
The prosecutor added Mr Price, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, uploaded footage of the incident to Instagram to raise awareness “this abuse still happens”.
The lawyer stated he did not realise the level of attention it would get and later withdrew his support for the prosecution case because he did not want Walker to be further impacted by the widespread outrage.
Judith Kenney, defending, told the court Walker suffered from agoraphobia and went out that night “against her better judgement” and drank for “Dutch courage”.
She stated Walker, of Diglis, Worcester, fell out with her friend and became concerned because she was left in Birmingham city centre – where she has never been out before – without her phone and did not know where the hotel was she was due to stay that night.
Miss Kenney also revealed Walker had received threats since the footage of the incident went viral and it had taken a toll on her mental health.
However, she accepted her mental state had improved since she had come off social media.
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