Man’s guilty plea after shouting racist and homophobic abuse

By Cambrian News reporter in Law

AN Aberystwyth man who shouted racist and homophobic abuse while he was drunk told police he had been abused by other people shortly before.

Oscar Rhys James Williams, of Room 1, Rocklands Workshop in Queens Road, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated disorderly conduct after he drunkenly shouted abuse at police officers and bystanders in the early hours of Monday, 17 July.

Prosecutor Gerallt Evans said police saw Williams in Princess Street shouting about a family bereavement and seeming upset.

An officer tried to talk to him, but Williams then started swearing at the office and shouting.

He then started shouting abuse at a group of people standing nearby, including shouting “Welsh queers” and other abuse.

Mr Evans said officers thought Williams was drunk and said were going to arrest him for being drunk and disorderly, but he continued to shout and swear at officers calling them “Welsh b*******”.

In an interview, Williams admitted that he had been shouting and swearing at people, but said officers hadn’t seen him being verbally abused by other people shortly before they arrived. Defence solicitor Katy Hanson said Williams accepted that “his behaviour was not what it should have been” and that he apologised to the police.

She said Williams, who has cerebral palsy, was often the victim of verbal abuse and had been on the receiving end of abuse before his outburst which Ms Hanson said was Williams “responding in kind”.

Ms Hanson said Williams was not a racist or anti-Welsh, but had been drunk at the time and struggling through a difficult period with a family bereavement.

Williams was fined £120 and will pay costs of £115.

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