Published: 12:30, 19 October 2017
A baby-faced thug called a woman in a wheelchair ‘flea ridden’ in a tirade of abuse, then threatened to bottle her if she called the police.
After an argument with his father, Jonathan Rolfe, 20, repeatedly smashed his head against the victim’s garden fence in Folkestone at 1.20pm on July 2, a court heard.
When she demanded Rolfe stop he unleashed a string of insults at the victim, largely centred on her physical disability.
After the victim threatened to call the the police, Rolfe, of Andrew Close, Folkestone, hoisted a beer bottle above his head and threatened to bottle her.
Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard Rolfe, who suffers from autism and Attention Deficit Disorder, had no memory of the hate crime.
Prosecutor Neil Sweeney said: “Rolfe started banging on the woman’s fence with his head.
“The woman challenges his behaviour.
“He threatened to bottle her if she called the police.
“This is a hate crime.”
Unemployed Rolfe spoke only to confirm his name, address, and to enter a guilty plea of ‘using threatening behaviour to cause distress'.
Wearing a blue tracksuit top, Rolfe could be seen fidgeting as Mr Sweeney read the victim’s impact statement.
The statement said: “I was left feeling angry. I don’t think this is how I should be spoken to outside my house.”
Mitigating, defence solicitor Stuart Green said Rolfe was a ‘challenged’ and ‘remorseful’ individual.
He added Rolfe had since moved to Liverpool with his partner, who is a teacher, to escape the torment he receives from acquaintances.
He has also given up alcohol.
Stella Eccles, chairman of the bench, placed Rolfe on a curfew for four months running from 8pm to 7am and dished out a £780 fine.
A statement from probation services said: “We are willing to work with him.
“We have experience of working with people who bang their heads when they are emotional.
“It’s a very serious reaction to deal with.”
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