Woman racially abused staff

A Newton Stewart woman who was arrested after racially abusing staff at a takeaway in the town was sentenced at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Donna Nuttall, of 18 Mansefield Place, appeared from custody to admit shouting and swearing and using racially offensive language towards Ahmed Guler and Sircettin Yalcinkaya in the Starfish Takeaway in Dashwood Square in the early hours of last Saturday morning. The accused also admitted pushing food off the counter and onto the floor, as well as demanding her money back from staff.

The row broke out after the accused had gone in for food about 12.30am and a staff member had words with her son who was on one of the gaming machines in the restaurant.

Nuttall, who the procurator fiscal said was “under the influence of alcohol”, then started shouting and swearing. She was told to go home but even when another member of staff tried to reason with her she shouted racial abuse at him and the police were called.

Her solicitor, Michael Kilkerr, said the accused wanted to apologise to the court and the restaurant.

Sheriff Alastair Brown said there were worring elements to this as the accused had used a person’s nationality as a term of abuse. He sentenced Nuttall to a community payback order which included 100 hours’ unpaid work in the community.