Hammer thug’s racist rant over dead cat in Ripley

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A foul-mouthed thug armed with a hammer racially abused another man whom he wrongly believed had killed his partner’s cat.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, September 22, how Gary Foulgham-Bain, 45, of Heage Road, Ripley, hurled abuse at the man after the cat had been found run over.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “He thought the person he was abusing was responsible for the death of the cat but he wasn’t.

“The complainant turned up because the cat was believed to be his partner’s and she didn’t want to look at it but when Foulgham-Bain’s partner came out she discovered it was her cat.”

Foulgham-Bain wrongly accused the complainant of knocking the cat over and hurled racist abuse at him and came out with a hammer, according to Mr Shaw. The court heard how defendant calmed down and apologised but the complainant said he would not accept an apology from someone he believed was drunk.

Foulgham-Bain admitted to police he had made a mistake and was sorry and was embarrassed. The defendant pleaded guilty to using racially aggravated threatening behaviour after the incident on September 2. Magistrates sentenced Foulgham-Bain to a 12 month community order with 90 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £325 in costs and charges.