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Street drinkers jailed for racial abuse and assault on Lincoln student

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

Lincoln Crown Court

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A group of street drinkers who racially abused and attacked a University of Lincoln student in the city, have been jailed.

The four approached Nadir Ali, 32, outside the Supasave store in Corporation Street, Lincoln, and shouted racist abuse at him before he was punched and kicked.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, at Lincoln Crown Court said the group momentary left Mr Ali alone but then returned to abuse him. He sought sanctuary in a Tesco Express store.

One of the group, James Lunt, tried to follow him into the store but was blocked by shopper Kenneth Reidy.

Lunt then shouted racist abuse at Mr Reidy, who is Irish, before door staff from a nearby bar went to assist and the group moved away.

James Lunt, 37, of no fixed address; Nigel Saddington, 27, of Reynolds Drive, Lincoln; Adrian Hutchinson, 49, of Tudor House, Ermine East, Lincoln; and Mary Dowdall, 41, also of Tudor House, Ermine East, Lincoln; each admitted racially aggravated common assault of Mr Ali on January 12.

Lunt, who also admitted a second charge of racially aggravated common assault and another of racially aggravated harassment against Mr Reidy, was jailed for 17 months. Saddington was jailed for 10 months and Hutchinson and Dowdall were each jailed for nine months.

Judge Michael Heath said: "Racism is evil. Those who indulge in racially aggravated violence must expect to be punished."

He praised the intervention of Mr Reidy awarding him £250 out of public funds.

Mark Knowles, for Lunt, said he turned to drink 16 years ago following the death of his young son and suffered a relapse when his father died.

Jon Straw, for Saddington, said he was of low intellectual ability and was dependant on alcohol. Caroline Lody, for Hutchinson, said he was the least involved.

Sian Cutter, for Dowdall, said she was an alcoholic and very drunk at the time.

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  • kremlin  |  December 09 2012, 9:34PM

    the defending barrister sian cutter is an idiot! who considering recent failures, ie brasier case looks like not having much luck representing her clients, not surprising considering her asinine remarks here

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  • footballmad  |  November 27 2012, 10:13AM

    Lincoln needs to sort this problem of street drinkers, they are bloody everywhere in town, it is absolutely disgusting, they are ruining the city.

  • Lincoln_Fan  |  November 19 2012, 4:14PM

    'Sian Cutter, for Dowdall, said she was an alcoholic and very drunk at the time.' Is this meant to be mitigation. Surely there should have been an added charge of Drunk and Disorderly? As said elsewhere, these street drinkers (isn't that also meant to be illegal in Lincoln city centre now?) are a scourge and need a heavy hand of the law.

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  • BRIMM  |  November 19 2012, 3:11PM

    There is another story in the echo where a yob got drunk and assaualted a guy twice at two different times and got community service and a fine! Why the BIG difference?

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  • Vexxed  |  November 19 2012, 11:17AM

    Same old excuses. Glad the Judge saw through it and handed out punishment instead of sympathy.

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  • Madlesley  |  November 19 2012, 11:03AM

    When is all drinking on the street going to be banned in Lincoln? It's been done in many other towns and cities, why not Lincoln?

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  • thomastom  |  November 19 2012, 8:18AM

    I was in the Tesco for part of the time getting some stuff. It was a shocker. Went on for a while in my time.West parade police station 2 minutes on foot. At least justice was seen to be done in the end.

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  • A_Mason  |  November 19 2012, 7:03AM

    Street Drinkers are a scourge on our city Its good to see some positive action being taken for once

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