Jail for race case ‘drunken waster’ — (The North Wales Daily Post)

SSRI Ed note: Man on strong antidepressants drinks, becomes abusive on train, cannot remember incident, is jailed.

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The North Wales Daily Post

Dec 21 2007

by Our Correspondent, Daily Post

A “DRUNKEN waster” was yesterday jailed for nine months for racially abusing a young black woman travelling with her baby daughter on a train.

Mark Anthony Bond, 26, came out with “terrible” racist remarks and was abusive to a passenger who intervened.

Bond, at the time of Dinam Road in Valley, Anglesey, now living in Llannefydd, near Denbigh, was taken to another carriage by the conductor – but subjected him to a tirade of abuse as well.

When arrested at Shotton railway station on Deeside he subjected the police officer to abuse, ridiculing the fact that he was Welsh.

Bond, who claimed he was so drunk that he could not remember the incident, admitted a racially aggravated public order offence on a train journey from Rhyl to Shotton on October 10.

At Mold Crown Court yesterday Bond was jailed for nine months by Judge John Rogers QC.

The judge compared the defendant unfavourably with the woman he abused.

He said: “It’s unfortunate you have picked on a hard-working geologist whereas you on the other hand are a drunken waster who has hardly worked a day in your life.”

Duncan Bould, defending, said in January Bond’s partner gave birth to a still-born baby.

The defendant had turned to alcohol, was being prescribed strong medication for depression, and he had no recollection of the day.