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Dundee man, 21, hurled racist abuse at doorman then threatened to kill cop

Dundee man, 21, hurled racist abuse at doorman then threatened to kill cop

A man shouted racist abuse at a Dundee doorman then threatened to “drag a police officer out of bed by the ears” and kill him.

Darren Howey, 21, of Craigmore Street, admitted the offences after being chucked out of Dundee Student Union Bar in Airlie Place.

Fiscal depute Jennifer Johnson told the court the chain of events started at 2.15am when door steward Martin Farrell had to remove Howey from the premises due to another issue.

The fiscal said: “Once outside, the accused shouted he would smash Mr Farrell’s face in and repeatedly shouted racist comments and threats at him.

“Police attended and the accused was taken to headquarters.

“He then began shouting and swearing at officers there and threatened one of them, saying ‘I’ll find out where you live and kill you. I’ll drag you out of bed by your ears and kill you’.”

Officers searched him and he made further comments towards police of a sexual nature. Solicitor Ross Donnelly, defending, said: “Unfortunately offences of this nature are not new to him.

“He has mental health issues and on this occasion he had taken too much alcohol.”

Howey admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner which caused or was intended to cause alarm and distress to Martin Farrell by repeatedly uttering racially offensive remarks towards him, at Dundee Student Union Bar, Airlie Place, on November 1 last year.

He further admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting, swearing and uttering offensive remarks towards officers, at police headquarters, Bell Street, on the same date.

Sheriff George Way said: “He has an atrocious record for a man of his age.

“He’s committed breach of the peace, assault, failure to appear and an assault at sheriff and jury level. His behaviour is out of control and it has not stopped despite repeated intervention.

“He’s been given a community payback order, supervision and a hefty jail sentence but none of it seems to have had any effect.

“I will call for reports, but only to see if there is anything else in the background that has been missed by other sheriffs, if not, then he can expect nothing other than a jail sentence.”

Sentence was deferred until June 22.

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