Northants councillor spared prison after racist outburst at Turkish restaurant owner

A Northamptonshire village councillor who told a Turkish restaraunt owner to '**** off to where he came from' has been spared prison.

Thursday, 14th July 2016, 6:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:52 pm
Osborne was handed a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Long Buckby parish councillor Mark Osborne, 47, of High Street, was found guilty of using racially abusive language at at a trial in June, having pleaded not guilty.

At sentencing yesterday (Wednesday), Wellingborough Magistrates Court heard how Osborne became involved in a heated dispute with Abdurrahman Ozdogan, owner of the now-closed La Tiella restaurant.

Osborne was furious about the way Mr Ozdogan had parked in the primary school gates, having been sent a letter asking him not to.

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He entered the restaurant and pointed at him, swearing at him and telling him to move his car.

When Mr Ozdogan refused, Osborne said “this is our village, you should **** off to where you came from”.

He also accused Mr Ozdogan of “employing all the foreigners”, only for a British chef to be produced, before telling Mr Ozdogan to “watch his business and his car”.

Osborne – son of Northants County Council councillor Steve Osborne – admitted expressing anger and that words were exchanged, but continued to deny that he used racist language.

Mitigating, Mr Jeffery said Osborne was a man of good character and that this was a one-off incident.

Sentencing, chairman of the bench Mr Bate said: “We feel that a prison sentence is not appropriate, although it is an unpleasant offence.”

Osborne was handed a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £775, compensation of £100, and a victim surcharge of £60.