A BRADLEY man has admitted racially assaulting an Asian police officer.
And a court heard he then made an English Defence League salute after he was arrested.
Laszlo Michael Lankovits, of Elder Road, Bradley, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence on May 21.
Kirklees Magistrates were told yesterday that the remarks were made when Lankovits was arrested at his mother’s address for breaching bail conditions.
Prosecutor Astin Bill told the court Lankovits said to the female officer: “I am British. I’ve served in the army. Where are you from? “Go back to your own country.”
He told the court that once in custody Lankovits then shouted out EDL before putting his hand to his chest and making a salute.
Defence solicitor Jonathan Slawinski told the court that his client deeply regretted his actions and was not a member of the English Defence League.
He told the court Lankovits had been to visit his mother on May 21 to discuss “issues” in his childhood.
He said: “He readily accepts what has happened.
“He made these silly and ridiculous comments at a time he had not taken his medication.
“He is pretty disgusted. He is not a member of the EDL.”
The court heard how Lankovits, who served four years with the Royal Engineers, had breached his bail conditions not to go to his mother’s address after he committed criminal damage to his stepfather’s car.
Prosecutor Aston Bill earlier told the court: “There was an argument at his mother’s home address. He wanted her to come out and speak to him.
“He then kicked a panel on a Toyota Yaris and his stepfather made a complaint to the police.”
Chairman of the bench Chop Dat told him: “We have taken into account what has been said. We have given you credit for your early guilty plea.”
Magistrates fined the defendant pounds 180 including pounds 15 victim surcharge.
Lankovits told the court after the sentence he was sorry for the remarks.
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