Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

'Odious' racist's tirade at 3-year-old girl in Derry

A man who made racist comments to a girl of three travelling on a bus with her mother has been told by a judge that he should be thoroughly ashamed of himself.

Tony Walls (53), from Summerhill in Moville, Co Donegal, boarded a bus from Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry to Foyle Street on October 2.

A prosecution solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm at the Magistrates Court in the city that Walls sat beside the mother and her daughter.

"He called the child a black b****** and said to the child's mother: "I have a f****** problem with you. You are a white woman with a black b******", the solicitor said.

Walls then called the child's mother a trafficker and pushed her as she tried to protect the girl.

The solicitor said that when arrested Walls told the police that he had a cousin "with a black boy", and he said the girl's mother must have picked him up the wrong way.

The solicitor said the Prosecution Service believed it was a hate crime.

Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin described Wall's behaviour as odious.

The District Judge told Walls that his behaviour towards the child and her mother was "a disgraceful incident of racial abuse of a young woman and her three-year-old daughter. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself".

Mr McElholm said if Walls had a relevant conviction, he would have gone straight to jail.

He imposed a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered Walls to pay £500 compensation to the mother and her daughter.

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