A drunk man made vile threats about children and refused the help of a doctor because he was black during a racist rant.
Charlie Williams, 28, carried out an unprovoked bombardment of abuse towards anyone he came across, including spitting in a police officer’s face.
Williams then directed racial insults towards another couple in hospital, prompting staff to refuse to treat him for a suspected heroin overdose.
The attack resulted in police having to sit him in their car outside for four hours until he could be seen, Birmingham Live writes.
At Birmingham Crown Court on January 12, Williams was sentenced to eight months behind bars.
He had previously admitted four counts of racially aggravated disorder, two offenses of threatening behaviour, one charge of assaulting an emergency worker and a further count of criminal damage.
Williams began shouting ‘presumably at himself’ at his then home at Cranbrook Road, Handsworth, around 7pm on Sunday, October 10 last year, said prosecutor Edward Soulsby.
His verbal outbursts became racially offensive while he smashed a window and had numerous confrontations with a neighbour, making sickening threats about her daughter.
The victim was left feeling ‘degraded and without power’ from the ‘horrible experience’, the court heard.
Williams was arrested but repeatedly tried to escape the police car before spitting at a female officer’s face. He continued to be abusive whilst in custody at Perry Barr station and stated he had taken a heroin overdose but would not be seen by the custody doctor due to their ethnicity.
Mr Soulsby said: “They had to call an ambulance to assist. At hospital he sat quietly until he sees a black couple and starts abusing them. Hospital staff refused to treat him.
“Police were obliged to wait for him for four hours in their car. They had to move the vehicle down the road because from within he continued shouting abuse. One thing he shouted was EDL (English Defense League).”
The prosecutor stated the officer who was spat at had only recently returned to front line duty following a separate assault, while another constable described Williams’ vile threats to their children as ‘abhorrent and distressing’.
Will Dudley, defending, told the court Williams had been in and out of prison for a decade but incarceration had not worked. He told the court he had since stopped drinking and taking cocaine, had moved back in with his mother in Nuneaton and had the prospect of a job.
Mr Dudley argued Williams would be better served working with the probation service and added: “What he has done for the first time in years is stay off the drink. The reality is nearly all of his offending had its root in alcohol abuse.”
But Recorder Richard Oakes ruled the only ‘appropriate’ punishment was immediate custody.
He said: “All our police officers do a very difficult job, the courts take these matters extremely seriously, in doing that they deserve to do it without being subjected to disgusting abuse and violence you displayed that night.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.