A racist teenager who directed a foul-mouthed tirade of abuse at a Paisley shopkeeper has been fined after admitting the offence in court.
Chelsea Lambie, who was just 16 at the time, claimed she was offended when challenged over her conduct at the Keystore shop, in Glenburn Road, on August 6 last year.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that, when shop manager Shafqat Mahmood followed her and a companion into the street to talk to them, “the red mist descended” as he placed his hand on her. Drunken Lambie, of Fereneze Drive, Glenburn, then launched foul verbal abuse as she called Mr Mahmood a “Paki b*****d” and told him to “go back to his own country”.
When the startled shopkeeper went back inside, Lambie followed him and continued to hurl abuse his way. She also pushed Mr Mahmood and warned him he would get his throat cut.
Even when Mr Mahmood threatened to call the police, Lambie paid no heed as she called him a “black b*****d”, lashed out at him and tried to kick him. She also pushed a National Lottery machine from the counter, causing it to crash to the floor, before fleeing.
The court was told that officers were called to the scene and, after taking statements, they tracked down Lambie and charged her.
In court, Lambie admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, likely to cause fear and alarm, by uttering threats of violence and making racist remarks, as well as assaulting Mr Mahmood and pushing the Lottery machine from the counter.
Defence agent Terry Gallanagh said his client had been “horrified” when she read statements which outlined her behaviour. She had been drunk on the day in question but had now distanced herself from those she formerly saw as her friends.
Mr Gallanagh added: “She accepts that this kind of conduct is completely unacceptable in a modern-day Scotland.”
Sheriff James Spy fined Lambie, now aged 17, a total of £375, to be paid at a rate of £10 per week.