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Scots yob wrote racially-abusive letter to pal’s neighbour after dispute


Scots yob wrote racially-abusive letter to pal's neighbour after dispute

A man who wrote a sweary letter to a Romanian couple in Russian, English and Scots has been ordered to pay them £750 compensation.

Callum Bell, 26, had been backing up a friend who had got involved in a neighbour dispute with the couple.

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that Romanian woman Natalia Romashkin had been at home in Bo’ness, West Lothian, when she heard “a loud banging noise”.

Prosecutor Sean Maher said: “On investigation she discovered that a letter appeared to have been posted through her letterbox.

“The letter was address to Dracula T******.

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“It may be of interest to the court that t****** is a Russian word that when translated could mean c*** or p****.

“On the opposite side of the piece of paper was written, ‘Welcome to Scotland, s*** my h**** b****, s******* Romanian Dracula-looking baw-heid.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston commented: “Interesting combination of languages.”

Mr Maher said Mrs Romashkin was “upset” on reading the letter.

Police were informed, and as Mr and Mrs Romashkin had CCTV, Mr Bell was identified entering their common close.

He was arrested, and confessed to writing the note. He told police: “I feel really bad about it.”

Bell, a joiner, of Linlithgow Road, Bo’ness, pleaded guilty at Falkirk Sheriff Court [on Thursday, 23 Sept] to behaving in a racially-aggravated manner intended to alarm or distress the householders, Alexander and Natalia Romashkin, by writing the posting a letter to them containing racially-abusive remarks.

The incident occurred on June 20th last year (2021).

Mrs Romashkin had been due to give evidence through a Romanian interpreter before Bell’s last-minute plea on the morning of his scheduled trial.

Solicitor Lynn Swan, defending, said there had been “some sort of disagreement” with Bell’s friend’s neighbours, and Bell and his friend decided to write them the letter.

Mrs Swan said: “Mr Bell accepts he wrote the letter, using the very helpful Google Translate. The court will have seen the utter nonsense that was in it, and the combination of languages.

“He shouldn’t have involved himself in someone else’s argument. Alcohol had been consumed, but that doesn’t excuse it.”

Sheriff Livingston said: “Using Russian to a Romanian is like ‘all these people from Eastern Europe are the same’.”

He ordered Bell to pay £750 compensation to Mr and Mrs Romashkin.

He said: “This was disgusting behaviour and there was obviously a degree of planning to it.”




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