A racist thug called his German neighbor a “Nazi scum” and threatened to burn his face in a row in a parking lot, a court said.
Paul Darren Marr, 50, lashed out at Norbert Letsch and said he would stab him after his car was allegedly scratched in their shared driveway.
Preston Crown Court learned today (November 30) that in June 2019 the two were living in the same apartment building with an agreement that Marr could park in front of the garage.
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But on June 15, another car was parked at Marr’s usual spot, so he left his car in the driveway. The next morning, Marr pounded on Mr. Letcsh’s front door, claiming his car had been damaged.
He called his neighbor racist names and warned him, “I’ll do you.”
On June 26, Mr. Letsch received a visitor who parked in front of the garage. Once again, Marr launched a racist rant, calling his neighbor a “German b ******”, “German q ****” and saying he would hit Mr. Letsch.
Marr walked into Mr. Letsch’s apartment saying “where is that German asshole? I’m going to kill you”. Mr. Letsch ordered him to leave but was shocked and shaking at the intrusion.
Later that day, Marr took to Facebook, saying, “I have never felt such severe hatred.”
He then called his neighbor “c *** German”.
Marr, from High Street, Blackpool, was arrested on June 26 and denied using racist language, saying he called the police about scratches on his car.
However, he pleaded guilty to harassment aggravated by race, causing one person to fear violence and appeared in Preston Crown Court to face a sentence.
Sentencing judge Richard Gioserano said: “You’ve overreacted to this whole parking problem. Not only did you overreact, you committed a pretty serious criminal offense. You understand why the court cannot tolerate any offense aggravated by this kind of racist language.
“It doesn’t matter if the abuse is based on someone’s ethnicity or country of origin. You subjected this man to this tirade for nothing.”
The judge admitted that there had been no more incidents since the 2019 offenses and understood that Marr now has commitments to take care of his partner who has significant health issues.
He gave her an 18-month community ordinance with 20 days of rehab and a six-month curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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