A self-confessed racist man in the U.K. recently harassed an Asian taxi driver by accusing him of being a terrorist and then smashing his car with a baseball bat.
According to the Mirror, 58-year-old Terence Poxon had blamed the Asian taxi driver of being responsible for the Manchester Arena bombing, the concert tragedy in May that claimed 22 lives. He would later tell the police that he was pleased his actions had frightened his victim. Poxon also admitted to pulling out a baseball bat and smashing the Asian man’s cab.
Proud of what he did, Poxon told officers “yes, I am being racist” and added that he was pleased that the taxi driver got scared.
Derby Crown Court prosecutor Steven Taylor said that at around 3:30 p.m. on May 28, the taxi arrived at Poxon’s home minutes after he was contacted.
“The taxi driver asked him where he wanted to go and the defendant answered ‘Normanton’,” Taylor said.
“When the driver asked him ‘where in Normanton’ he suddenly became aggressive and said to the victim ‘you did the Manchester bomb’. He then pulled a wooden baton from his sleeve of his coat.”
Poxon’s violent reaction reportedly “frightened the cabbie” who decided to pull over and get out of the taxi in Chellaston Road. Poxon also got out and smashed three windows of the man’s car with his bat.
The unnamed taxi driver then went over to a nearby bus stop to protect himself from his aggressive passenger. The crowd at the bus stop witnessed the man’s rowdy behavior.
“One of the witnesses said the defendant was wearing a Union Jack t-shirt and gesticulating in a confrontational manner shouting ‘Chelsea, Chelsea’ like a football chant. He then pointed at the taxi driver and shouted ‘guilty’.”
Poxon, who eventually left the scene, was later arrested at his home.
“He said to the officers ‘yes, I am being racist’ and he was not particularly apologetic about it,” Taylor said. “He told officers his intention was to go to Normanton Road wearing his Union Jack t-shirt and he had the baton in case anyone approached him about it.”
“He said had anyone asked about his t-shirt he would have used the baton against them. He said he wanted the taxi driver to feel like the little kids did at the Manchester bomb.”
Poxon was charged and pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offense, racially-aggravated criminal damage and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.
Presiding Judge Nirmal Shant, said:
“The victim was doing nothing more than carrying out his job in a law abiding way when you decided you were going to teach him a lesson for something he was not responsible for. Your behavior was wholly unacceptable.”
He will be spending 25 weeks in jail for his offense.
Feature image via Derbyshire police.