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Forest of Dean man denies 'Taff' racial harassment charge

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

A FOREST of Dean man accused of using ‘Taff’ as a racially abusive term has appeared in court.

Michael James Davis, 23, is alleged to have shouted the word during a fracas involving his brother, police and doormen in Lydney.

Graham Dono, prosecuting, told Stroud Magistrates’ Court there was a dispute after his brother was ejected from a nightclub by a Welsh doorman on January 25.

“He said to his brother ‘Don’t talk to them, they’re *******’,” Mr Dono told the court on Monday. “Then he is alleged to have said ‘Are you ******* Taffs as well? You can **** off’.”

It was not clear who the abuse was aimed at, and Davis, of Blakeney Hill, Lydney did not deny saying it.

But he pleaded not guilty to one charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.

“I have not said it racially,” he told the bench. “If I realised it was racial I definitely would not have said it. Obviously my language was appalling and not called for.

“I travel a lot for work and I could do without something like this that on my record.

“The words were not aimed at anyone.”

Mr Dono said the offence is committed if the words are heard.

“The words referred to being a ‘Taff’, do you agree with that?” said Mr Dono.

Davis said he did, so Mr Dono said he should have pleaded guilty.

When asked by the court clerk on what grounds he was pleading not guilty, Davis, who was representing himself, could not provide any.

The case was adjourned until March 12 at the same court.

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