'I hope you die': Man who hurled racist and sexist insults at strangers in Northampton street sentenced

Eamonn Farren was spotted in a Northampton town centre street hurling racially-abusive comments.
Eamonn Farren was spotted in a Northampton town centre street hurling racially-abusive comments.

A man who hurled "idiotic" racially-abusive comments at complete strangers on a Northampton town centre road has been sentenced.

In July this year, Eamonn Farren, from Kingsley Road, was spotted on Wellingborough Road screaming Islamaphobic comments through a woman's car window.

At one point he told the woman: "I hope you die. You're going to hell."

But Northampton Crown Court heard yesterday (August 21) that when a man with a young child asked the screaming defendant to calm down, Farren only turned his anger on him.

His Honour Judge Tregilgas-Davey said: "You turned your ire and vitriol to him. You shouted more abuse and then you went up to him and you headbutted him."

A Northamptonshire Police officer arrived to arrest Farren. When she saw that the 31-year-old had blood on him from an earlier incident, she offered to take him to hospital first.

But Farren responded by making the constable his next target for abuse by launching a barrage of sexist and homophobic insults and spitting on her.

Judge Tregilgas-Davey said: "What you said was deeply distressing for all who had the misfortune to hear your misguided, idiotic but nevertheless abusive comments."

The court heard how Farren had mental health problems that were "exacerbated" by misuse of drugs and alcohol.

He was handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years and will receive mental health and drug rehabilitation treatment.