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Woman racially abuses security guard following frustrations over illiteracy

AN ‘illiterate’ woman has been given a community order after she hurled a string of racial abuse at a Solihull security guard.

AN ‘illiterate’ woman has been given a community order after she hurled a string of racial abuse at a Solihull security guard.

Yasmin Lavelle, who became loud and abusive at Solihull Job Centre on October 22 last year, told the victim to ‘go back to Pakistan,’ before threatening to throw a chair at him Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said the 21-year-old “started banging on the table with her hands.

“She then said to a member of staff nearby ‘you can’t speak English.’ The defendant then turned the abuse onto [the security guard].

“She then picked up a chair and held it towards him [security guard].”

Amarjit Singhara, defending, said his client’s problems stem from her illiteracy.

“[Lavelle] has left school with no qualifications and her inability to read or write has been problematic throughout her life.

“Her difficulties are holding her back and even claiming benefits is problematic for her.

“She regrets the way she spoke to the security guard and went back to the job centre the next day to apologise to him.”

Lavelle, of Cherry Lea, Shard End, was previously found guilty in her absence after she failed to attend her trial.

For failing to surrender to bail and the racially aggravated abuse, she was given an 18-month community and supervision order.

The defendant was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, told to pay £50 compensation to her victim, £100 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

 

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