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Thugs's race hate abuse led to Barkingside pub attack

PUBLISHED: 16:11 09 September 2010

A bad tempered yob hurled a string of unprovoked racist insults at an Asian man which led to a sickening pub attack. Michael Chalk, 47, screamed foul-mouthed abuse at Dewan Choudhury and told him to go "back to his own country" during the vitriolic verbal attack at the Chequers in High Street, Barkingside on September 12 last year.

Mr Choudhury, who was celebrating winning a promotion at work with his girlfriend, was then beaten by drinkers including Chalk’s pal Paul Battams.

Chalk was due to stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court for racially aggravated assault by beating but admitted a lesser charge of causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Prosecutors accepted his plea and Judge Louise Kamill ordered Chalk pay £250 compensation to Mr Choudhury and he was was fined £100.

Judge Kamill told him: “I have no idea what caused you to lash out on this occasion with your tongue and frighten this gentleman and be so offensive to him in an unacceptable fashion.

“No doubt drink played some part in it. We in this country will not tolerate racial discrimination and offences which are racially aggravated.”

Battams earlier admitted common assault and was handed a community penalty by Redbridge JPs.

Jessica Holmes, defending, said Chalk was divorced and lived alone on disability benefits.

“He underwent quadruple bypass surgery, plus another heart bypass – so five in total,’ said the barrister.

“That’s left him severely at a disadvantage as far as mobility.”

Chalk, leaning on a walking stick, told the court: “I have been on disability [benefit] since 2003 because I had an injury at work, a crushing injury on my leg.”

Miss Holmes said of Chalk’s outburst against Mr Choudhury: “It was on the spur of the moment having lost his temper.”

Chalk, of Horns Road, Newbury Park, admitted causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

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