Man and woman to be sentenced for racially abusing Humza Yousaf

The First Minister and his deputy, Shona Robison, were subject to racist and verbal abuse while on a visit to Dundee in February.

Tracie Currie and Carl O’Brien to be sentenced for racially abusing First Minister Humza Yousaf in Dundee Jeff J Mitchell / Staff via Getty Images

A man and woman will be sentenced on Tuesday after admitting racially abusing Humza Yousaf and hurling offensive remarks at other SNP politicians.

Tracie Currie, 35, and Carl O’Brien, 25, pleaded guilty to targeting the First Minister in Dundee on February 25.

Court papers detailed how the pair repeatedly made racist remarks about Yousaf and prejudiced comments about religion in the Seagate area of the city.

They then directed verbal abuse towards local SNP MSP Shona Robison, who is now deputy first minister, and MP Chris Law at the party’s parliamentary office on Old Glamis Road.

The court papers said O’Brien also repeatedly phoned the Dundee SNP parliamentary office and made offensive remarks the previous day, on February 24.

Nominations for the SNP leadership contest closed that day, and Yousaf was one of three candidates.

Currie pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and struggling outside a police station on Bell Street in Dundee as well as being in possession of cocaine, which the court accepted.

O’Brien denied a further charge of threatening and abusive behaviour, which was accepted by the court.

The pair will both be sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

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