A Penrith man who accused a Muslim of “planning bombs” has been given a conditional discharge because of his mental health problems.
Mitchell Tutty, 44, appeared before Carlisle Magistrates’ Court yesterday. He had already admitted racially aggravated harassment and using threatening behaviour.
The court heard that Tutty, of no fixed abode, approached Kahel Miah as he walked towards St Michael’s Church in Penrith. Tutty tried to take his mobile phone off him, claiming to be a policeman. Then he said: “You’re planning something, you’re planning bombs.”
Another man saw the altercation and went to try to help Mr Miah. The witness told police that Tutty was swearing at Mr Miah and being racially abusive.