Peacehaven man convicted of hate offences

A man from Peacehaven who shouted racial abuse, damaged a chair, floor tiles and a door frame and stole a drink has been made subject of a 12 month Community Order.

Adam Main, 31, of Sutton Avenue, was also fined £55 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 as well as costs of £85 when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday July 2 for sentencing.

Main had previously appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on June 5 and pleaded guilty to intentionally racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, criminal damage and theft.

Main was arrested following an incident at the Subway takeaway in The Old Steine, Brighton on Monday May 12 where he got into an argument with a member of staff.

The conditions of the Community Order mean that Main will be subject to an 8pm-8am curfew, which includes his front and rear gardens from July 2 to 22 inclusive.

He will also be subject of an Alcohol Treatment Requirement and must attend meetings as directed by his supervising officer for 12 months.

The court also recorded that they deemed the intentional harassment charge to have been racially aggravated.

Sergeant Peter Allan, the force’s hate crime sergeant, said: “I am pleased the court have declared the abuse Adam Main hurled at the takeaway staff to have been racist in nature and sentenced him accordingly.

“This sentence sends out a clear signal that we will take a robust approach to those who target individuals based on their race, disability, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation.

“I hope this case will encourage other victims of hate crime to report such behaviour to the police.

“Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101 or emailing in an emergency. For those who wish to report online, you can do so by completing the short form which is available on our website.”