Racism rap for drunken wedding guest after anti-English rant
A DRUNKEN Swansea wedding guest who insulted some of the other English guests has been convicted of a racism offence.
Phillip Pritchard, 32, was on a coach home from a plush wedding in Brecon when he started singing anti-English songs.
A court heard Pritchard of Tynywaun Road, Llansamlet, was "winding up" some of the wedding guests who travelled from England for the ceremony.
But another Welshman on the coach objected to Pritchard's taunts and a "heated row" erupted.
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The coach driver was forced to pull over into a lay-by where he called the police.
Prosecutor Helen Tench said: "The passengers had been to a wedding reception when Pritchard began singing rugby songs.
"He then started singing: 'I'd rather cut my f****** arm off than be English'.
"Passenger Gwyn Richards felt it was abusive as there were people he knew to be English on the coach."
The court was told the wedding guests were on their way home from the luxury Peterstone Court Hotel in Brecon, when Pritchard started his anti-English abuse.
Father of two Pritchard admitted using racially aggravated threatening, insulting, abusive words or behaviour.
Lucinda Nicholls, defending, said: "He (Pritchard) was one of many guests at a wedding function and it appears they were all intoxicated to some extent.
"There was some banter between some English people and Mr Pritchard, who is Welsh.
"Rugby songs were chanted and he got carried away.
"Just to add to the unusualness of the situation, the complainant in the matter is Welsh, not English, but felt other people on the bus would take offence."
Pritchard was given a 12-month conditional discharge with costs of £150 by Brecon magistrates.