Paul Darren Marr was angry when his usual parking spot was taken and his car got scratched
A racist thug called his German neighbour ‘Nazi scum’ and threatened to burn his face in a row over parking, a court heard.
Paul Darren Marr, 50, ranted at Norbert Letsch and said he would stab him after his car was scratched on their shared driveway.
Preston Crown Court heard today (November 30) that in June 2019 the two men lived in the same block of flats with an agreement Marr could park in front of the garage.
But on June 15, another car was parked in Marr’s usual spot so he left his car on the driveway. The following morning Marr hammered on Mr Letcsh’s front door, ranting that his car had been damaged.
He called his neighbour racist names and warned: “I will do you.”
On June 26 Mr Letsch had a visitor, who parked in front of the garage. Once again, Marr launched a racist rant, calling his neighbour a ‘German b******’, ‘German q****’ and saying he would batter Mr Letsch.
Marr went into Mr Letsch’s flat, saying “where’s that German b******? I’ll kill you”. Mr Letsch ordered him to leave but was left shocked and shaking at the intrusion.
Later that day, Marr took to Facebook, saying: “I’ve never felt hatred this bad.”
He then called his neighbour a “German c***”.
Marr, of High Street, Blackpool, was arrested on June 26 and denied using racist language, saying he had called the police about scratches to his car.
However he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment, putting a person in fear of violence and appeared at Preston Crown Court to face sentence.
Judge Richard Gioserano, sentencing, said: “You overreacted to whatever this issue was about parking. Not only did you overreact, you committed quite a serious criminal offence. You understand why the court can not tolerate any offending which is aggravated by this sort of racist language.
“It matters not whether the abuse is based on someone’s ethnic origin or country of origin. You subjected this man to this tirade over effectively nothing.”
The judge accepted there have been no further incidents since the offences in 2019 and understood Marr now has commitments caring for his partner who has significant health problems.
He handed him an 18 month community order with 20 rehabilitation days and a six month curfew from 9pm to 6am.