A man has been jailed for racially abusing a mother as she walked to a fete with her two young children in Saffron Walden.
Terry Ralph, 60, was sentenced to 30 months for racial abuse at Chelmsford Crown Court. He was also sentenced for offences of burglary and failing to provide a specimen, which took place in other counties.
Ralph, of Howard de Walden Way, Newmarket, received convictions for breaching a suspended prison sentence and failing to appear at court. He has been banned from driving for 61 months.
The court was told last Wednesday (June 17) that at around 2pm on Sunday May 5, 2019, a woman visited a fete with her children and husband when she was approached by Ralph, who targeted her because of her appearance.
The racist was confronted by the woman’s husband and Essex Police officers arrived at the scene. Ralph made further comments which were captured on a body-worn camera.
Ralph failed to provide a specimen for police in Newmarket on August 19 last year and was arrested for a burglary at Boots in Cambridge on April 22 this year.
Investigating officer PC Daniel Ricketts, of Uttlesford’s local policing team, said: “Ralph targeted a woman and went out of his way to racially abuse her while she was visiting a fete with her two children and her husband.
“He has shown no remorse, and he was aggressive and unco-operative when he was being questioned that day.
“He intended to cause harassment to a family who were innocently out for the day.
“Ralph has also been sent to prison for other serious offences investigated by our policing partners – where he has time to consider his actions.”