Man declares 'I am the master race' while hurling racist abuse at police officer (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man declares 'I am the master race' while hurling racist abuse at police officer
A MAN arrested by police hurled racist abuse at an officer claiming “My grandfather was an SS Stormtrooper”.
Dieter Christopher Rickinson also declared “I am the master race” while abusing PC Steven Constantine, who is of Greek-Cypriot heritage.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to causing racially aggravated intentional harassment and resisting arrest when he appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, August 6).
The court heard PC Constantine and another officer from Durham Police visited Rickinson at his home in Malvern Crescent, Darlington, on July 22 to arrest him for an unrelated matter and forced the door after he failed to answer.
A scuffle broke out as they tried to handcuff him and Rickinson fell to the floor, taking one of the officers with him.
Jon Garside, prosecuting, said: “He was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital after he told the officers he had taken an overdose. His behaviour was distressing other patients so he was taken to sit outside.
He said that he then started to hurl racist abuse at PC Constantine before saying: 'I am the master race, my grandfather was an SS Stormtrooper'.
“He continued with the abuse after being told to stop and was arrested.”
Amrit Jandoo, mitigating, said Rickinson was "truly ashamed" of his actions, which were caused in part by the medication he was taking for mental health issues.
Mr Jandoo said: “He accepts that he struggled with the officers and that there were difficulties getting him out of his property.
“It is quite unusual for him to behave in this way but because of his problems with his mental health he did not feel it was appropriate to leave his address.
“He tells me he is thoroughly ashamed of the words he used. They were borne out of frustration and anger. He fully accepts that he should not have used the words, it was something that was said in the heat of the moment.
“He tells me that he has no strong views about Greek-Cypriots or ethnic minorities.”
Rickinson was fined a total £160 for the two offences and ordered to pay £50 compensation to PC Constantine. He must also pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.