By Beth Sharp Thursday 05 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 11:33
A BROMSGROVE man was told he was lucky to escape a prison sentence after he shouted racist comments at an off-duty PCSO and had an offensive weapon in a public place.
David William Burdis, 66, of Rigby Lane, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon in Lyttleton Avenue on September 24.
The court heard Burdis was sat in a car with two others, who had been involved in a previous traffic incident with the PSCO.
The prosecution told the court Burdis had shouted 'You're going to get it' before taking out a trolley jack from his car and then approaching the PCSO where he made a racist remark in his face.
The defence said Burdis was very remorseful of his actions and accepted the charges fully, adding everything was said in the heat of the moment.
The court was told by the defence, although Burdis had previous convictions, he had now settled down with his long-term partner and had been staying out of trouble.
He had three character reference letters to support this which were given to the bench.
The bench said the offences were so serious he could have faced 12 weeks in custody and added if he committed any offence in the next 12 months he would go to prison.
The magistrates handed Burdis a 16-week suspended sentence order with a 12-month supervision requirement.
They also ordered Burdis to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £85 in costs and placed a restraining order on him until further notice to protect the victim and his partner.
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