Published: 10:15, 04 November 2017
An alcoholic who launched a tirade of abuse at his Slovakian neighbours while wearing ‘nothing but a coat’ has pleaded guilty to racial aggravation and exposure.
But Glyn Kirk’s defence barrister asserted his client is not racist because he wears a Bob Marley T-Shirt and has "friends in ethnic communities".
Kirk, 52, of Folkestone Road in Dover, wore only a raincoat when he unleashed the racial slurs including ‘go back to your own country’ after a heavy drinking binge on October 16.
Prosecutor James Nicholls told Wednesday’s hearing at Folkestone Magistrate’s Court: "Police were called to a disturbance where Kirk and his friend were in a dispute with Slovakian neighbours in Folkestone Road.
"Mr Kirk said they had spat at them.
"Police were later called back after a number of neighbours called to say he was out in the street naked and shouting abuse.
“He was described as wearing nothing but a coat, with his genitals exposed.
“He was using (racial) swear words and words like ‘why don’t you go back to your own country'."
Barrister Guy Wyatt, defending, told the court Kirk’s behaviour came after ‘brooding’ on the argument while drinking alcohol.
He asserted Kirk’s behaviour was out of character and down to the alcohol abuse.
He said: "He does not remember the words he said, and accepts he said things he would never normally say.
“When the police went he brooded on it and his behaviour was a response. He was catastrophically drunk and has been an alcoholic all of his life.
“He decided it was the right thing to do to appear in the street naked. His neighbours are still under investigation.”
Mr Wyatt told magistrates, Kirk was keen to point out he has ‘many friends from ethnic minorities’ and ‘was wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt’ on the day in question.
Kirk, who has been unemployed since 2010, has a previous conviction for exposure after soiling himself in a park the court heard.
Mr Wyatt said: “In a park drunk he soiled himself, removed his trousers leading to him being exposed.”
Sentencing, District Judge Justin Barron handed out a £435 fine which Kirk must pay back at £10 a fortnight.
He said: “There is no evidence this was racially motivated, it is more drunken abusive behaviour.
“Stay out of court Mr Kirk.”