A MAN has avoided jail after racially harassing a police officer and telling him to ‘go back to his own country’.

Anthony Evans was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (November 9) for one count of racially aggravated harassment in Wraysbury.

The 50-year-old made racist marks to the officer on August 7, 2022 after his family called the police due to concerns about his ‘aggressive behaviour’.

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While being arrested, Evans called the officer a ‘c***’ while making a reference to his skin colour before telling him to ‘go back to his own country’.

Judge Mark Turner handed Evans a 12-month low-level community order.

Opening the case, prosecutor Nicola Merrick said Evans had been staying with family at an address in Wraysbury after receiving hospital treatment.

However, his family noted Evan was ‘behaving aggressively and was intoxicated’ and out of concern for his behaviour and his own welfare, they called the police.

Four police officers arrived at the address and arrested Evans. Mrs Merrick said: “[While being arrested], he spoke to one of the four officers and said, ‘My jaw is hanging out of my mouth you black c***’.

“He told [the officer] to go back to his own country. He was one of the officers who took the defendant to the police station…and he made threats to the officer, telling him he was going to bite his face.”

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The court heard that the officer had only been in the role for a few weeks and the ‘abuse and harassment by Evans distressed and upset him’.

Evans has 27 previous convictions, including cases of dishonesty, assaulting an emergency worker and threatening behaviour.

However,  Evans's defence barrister pointed out that none of the previous offences were racially aggravated and added there had been no offending between 2015 and 2021.

He stated the 50-year-old had experienced ‘two traumatic incidents’ in his life which explains his substance abuse.

He said Evans was ‘genuinely remorseful for his actions’ and was ‘visibly ashamed when confronted with what he said and wanted to deeply apologise for putting the officer in that situation’.

Judge Turner handed Evans, of Percy Byrant Road, Surrey, the community order as well as 15 rehabilitation activity days which will address his substance abuse.

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He will also have to comply with an electronically monitored curfew meaning he has to be at his home address between 9pm to 7am, Sunday to Thursday, and this will last for four weeks.