Man who racially abused taxi driver faces jail term
A MAN who racially abused a Polish taxi-driver and smashed up his car has been warned he is almost certainly going to jail.
Adam Bowman, aged 23 and of How Street, the Barbican, admitted racially-aggravated criminal damage when he appeared at Plymouth Crown Court.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing two three-litre bottles of cider worth £8.38 from McColl's on the same date, June 15, and to failing to surrender to police bail on July 10.
Prosecutor David Gittins said the victim lived in the same street and was walking to his parked vehicle when Bowman, who was drinking, swore at him, racially abused him and threatened to kill foreigners.
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He then punched the man's windscreen and jumped on the bonnet and roof, causing £1,100 of damage.
Jo Martin, for Bowman, said he suffered badly from epilepsy, which had an impact on his memory and behaviour "particularly when mixed with alcohol".
He will be sentenced on September 14 for these three offences, plus two assaults causing actual bodily harm, one of them racially-aggravated, to which he previously pleaded guilty.
Judge Paul Darlow ordered a Probation Service report and granted Bowman bail on conditions including staying in contact with his solicitor, adding: "You can afford the booze, you can afford the credit on your phone."
He warned: "It's extremely likely, almost inevitable, that the next time you attend this court you will go into custody."