A day out at Musselburgh races ended in a Stirling man racially abusing door staff at a Musselburgh pub after he had been refused entry.
David McKinlay punched one doorman on the head and shouted racist abuse at the men who were working at the Sportsman’s pub on June 15 this year.
McKinlay, 29, was then taken to Dalkeith police station where it was discovered he had a bag of white powder concealed on him, which turned out to be cocaine.
The court heard McKinlay, 2 Ross Court, Stirling, had been visiting the popular race course and had been drinking all day.
Depute procurator fiscal Aiden Higgins said: “About 6pm he sought to be allowed into the Sportsman’s public house, but the door stewards observed he was very drunk and asked him to go away from the pub.
“He did, but returned and became aggressive. He shouted and swore at Mr Hazim and called him a “black kebab” and a “p*ki bastard”.
“During that abuse he punched Mr Hazim in the jaw.”
McKinlay was then detained by the door staff until the police arrived. The cocaine was subsequently discovered on him when he was being processed at the police station.
McKinlay pleaded guilty to assaulting Weqas Hazim by punching him on the head at Sportsman’s public house on June 15 when he appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday. It was proved the offence was racially aggravated.
McKinlay also admitted to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and uttering racially offensive remarks. It was proved this offence was also racially aggravated.
The father-of-three also admitted to possession of cocaine on the same date, which was discovered on him after he had been taken to Dalkeith police station.
Solicitor Colm Dempsey said his client had taken “an excess of alcohol” and was “shocked and disgraced” at his behaviour that day.
Sheriff Peter Braid said McKinlay had shown “disgraceful behaviour” and fined him a total of £700 for the three offences.
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