Woman receives jail sentence for racist attack on bouncer
She has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.
A woman has been jailed after she racially abused a bouncer outside a Wetherspoons pub.
Footage was captured of the incident, which took place in Birmingham, showing the woman shouting racist slurs and insults at the doorman.
After being asked to leave, Sharna Walker, 25, shoved the security guard, Tristan Price, 26. Other clips show her smashing glasses and appearing to spit at him.
The video originally appeared on Twitter and was shared widely across social media, receiving millions of views.
Walker has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and criminal damage and reportedly burst into tears and shook her head repeatedly during her sentencing.
She received 14 weeks in prison and was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Price.
District Judge John Bristow told her: “The incident has stayed with Mr Price and he has had to seek help. I have no doubt the footage caused serious distress throughout Birmingham.
“You are a risk to the public; the appropriate punishment is immediate custody. This conduct was serious - only immediate custody is justified.”
The defence stated that Walker suffered from agoraphobia - a fear of public places - and had been drinking alcohol that night.
"It is fair to say she is suspicious of men generally, regardless of colour. The reality is she was not meant to be out drinking.
‘"It is not ladylike, she couldn’t believe she acted in that way. This is behaviour is nothing she’s proud of."
Price withdrew his support for the prosecution and did not attend the court. Speaking about what had happened to him, he told Birmingham Mail that people of colour should not have to be victims of abuse when at work.
"I don't want to bring trouble to her door but this behaviour needs to be called out. It is completely unacceptable.
"People have killed themselves because of the racial abuse they suffer, and we can't be silent about it. I have had a knife pulled on me while at work, which was pretty shocking. But this was worse, it affected me more because it was so vicious.
"Too often when we speak up about racism like this it is brushed away but it's a big issue and we need to talk about it."