Rower accused of calling woman 'Australian slut' denies racism - the week's court news

Man facing a life sentence for murder of Spurs fan - the week's court news

Court News and talkRADIO round up the most intriguing court stories from across the UK over the past week

Friday, January 6, 2017

From a man facing a life sentence for the fatal stabbing of a Spurs fan to a lawyer pouring a drink over a woman's head, Court News and talkRADIO round up the most intriguing court stories from across the UK over the past week.

City Lawyer accused of calling woman 'an Australian slut' denies racism

A City lawyer has admitted pouring a pint of beer over a woman's head after she refused to give him a hug at a Christmas Party - but denied calling her an "Australian slut."

In addition to admitting drenching his victim in beer, 35-year-old Alastair Main admits calling her a "slut" and slapping her on the backside during the London Rowing Club Christmas party in Putney last month.

However he denies any racist connotation, telling Wimbledon Magistrates Court 'I did not say 'Australian'. I called her a slut but I did not say 'Australian'".

Main admitted to being “7/10 drunk”, and that he’d been upset when she’d slapped him after he touched her on the backside during the party. He told the court how he’d tried to follow her – to work out what had happened – and had poured his drink over her because he was upset and didn't know what else to do.

The court heard he sent her a grovelling text message the following morning, saying he had behaved in the way he did because she had "rejected him."

He also said in a police interview: "As I walked past I slapped her on the bum, I was being, I do not know, flirty." The incident, he said, "was what you would expect for a dinner like that."

Main denies one count of racially aggravated common assault and one count of sexual assault.

The hearing continues.

Boss of ‘airport meet and greet’ company avoids jail

The boss of an ‘airport meet and greet’, who stole a £50,000 Porsche, was spared jail this week after a judge said that he was once a “useful citizen”.

30-year-old Umair Bhatti, who is the managing director of car storage firm Garaged.com, took the car and sold it to pay off debts of more than £150,000.

Bhatti originally claimed the original owner, a man called Arslan Khan, had sold it to him, and contacted the DVLA in order to transfer the car’s details over to him when Khan was out of the country.

When Khan returned, he received an alert from the DVLA that Bhatti was attempting to have the car registered in his name.

The prosecutor told Inner London Crown Court that Khan alerted the police, moved the car to a different part of the lot, and clamped one wheel.

He told Bhatti the police were aware of what he’d done and the car shouldn’t be moved. In response, Bhatti had the clamp removed and moved the car to Redhill in Surrey, eventually selling it on

The court heard how the 30-year-old was the sole breadwinner for his family, including his 25-year-old brother who has a debilitating illness.

After Bhatti admitted theft of a motor vehicle, the judge sentenced him to six months imprisonment and ordered him to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The judge said: “It was a planned and concerted effort committed because you were in debt.

“You are, however, 30 years old, of previous good character and you have dependants, particularly your brother who is 25 and has been diagnosed with the debilitating illness from which your father recently died.

“I accept that you provide support for your family and that you have previously been a useful citizen.

"There was a real element of planning involved - I'm not satisfied that your remorse is very great but you will have learned lessons from this experience.”

Man faces life sentence for fatal stabbing of Spurs fan

A man is facing life in prison for murder after stabbing a Spurs fan to death after he stepped in to protect a barmaid from his abuse.

31-year-old James Roberts stabbed 60 year-old Aiden O'Mahony in the heart after the railway worker defended Angela Sands in January 2016.

O'Mahony, known as 'Oggy', had been watching Tottenham's third round FA Cup clash with Leicester at JJ Moon's Wetherspoons in Hornchurch.

O’Mahony told Roberts 'You don't treat a lady like that’, in reponse to him telling her to 'shut up' and threatening to stab her.

CCTV later captured Roberts at a chicken takeaway with blood-stained hands, boasting about the fight to a group of children.  

During the trial, he claimed that he was only trying to scare Mr O'Mahony away but he was convicted of murder by a majority verdict at the Old Bailey.

Roberts had gone on trial in June, but the jury had failed to reach a verdict.