Man jailed after ‘tirade of racial abuse’ outside train station

Stephen Barrett, 28, was sentenced to seven months after racially abusing a man outside Glasgow Central.

Stephen Barrett jailed after ‘unprovoked tirade of racial abuse’ at Glasgow Central train station iStock

A man has been jailed in connection with racially abusing a member of the public outside a train station in Glasgow.

Stephen Barrett was arrested by the British Transport Police after making racist remarks towards a man on Gordon Street, outside Glasgow Central Station, on July 20, 2021.

The 28-year-old appeared at Glasgow Sherriff Court on Thursday, March 31, where the court heard how he called his victim a “terrorist” and threatened to stab him.

He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated behaviour and was sentenced to seven months imprisonment.

BTP constable Macdonald said: “Barrett’s criminal actions on that summer’s evening were not only revolting but caused significant distress to the victim and the public in the area at the time.

“I would like to thank the witnesses who greatly assisted us in our investigation and the courts for handing down an adequately strong custodial sentence. 

“We take incidents of hate crime extremely seriously.

“Behaviour where someone is targeted because of who they are or made to feel uncomfortable will not be tolerated anywhere on the railway network.

“If you’re a victim of a hate crime, please report it to us by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 – no report is too small or too trivial, we will always take you seriously.”

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