A man has pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated harassment following a row over parking in a Bridlington cul-de-sac.
Shane Wigley, 43, made a racial remark to another man about him being Irish, during a row at Nostell Close. But this was in retaliation to the other man, William Reid, threatening to “get the IRA on him,” East Riding magistrates heard.
Prosecuting, James Byatt said Wigley, had been visiting his parents who live in the close, where “feelings had become enflamed” over parking issues. He said a confrontation happened after Wigley got out of his car, when Mr Reid came out of his house and shouted abuse at him.
“It’s tit for tat on both sides. All parties know each other and there is some ill-feeling in the background,” said Mr Byatt.
The court heard that part of the confrontation was recorded on the Mr Reid’s partner’s iPad.
Defending, John Seagrave said; “Mr Wigley fully accepts he was in the wrong but the words he uttered were in the face of considerable provocation. Mr Reid had threatened to get the IRA onto the defendant so it was Mr Reid’s words which were echoed back to him.”
Mr Reid had been causing problems for residents in the street for around 18 months, magistrates heard.
They said they were stepping outside their sentencing guidelines because Wigley had shown remorse and there was “extreme provocation.” Wigley, of Acland Street, Hull, was handed a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. The court heard that Mr Reid, 58, has since moved out of the close.
He was due in court on the same day for threatening behaviour, but his case was adjourned until January 6 due to his ill-health.