‘Idiot’ gets jail sentence

A Derry man who a judge described as ‘an idiot’ because he could not distinguish between an Italian and a Pakistani has been jailed for eight months.

The court was told that on October 29 Raymond Anthony Lishman (24) of Wesley Street called the owner of an Italian restaurant a ‘P... b-----d’.

On June 3 Lishman’s partner called police claiming he threatened to burn her out.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that Lishman had engaged in ‘racially motivated abuse’.

He went on to say that ‘this idiot cannot tell the difference between an Italian gentleman and a Pakistani gentleman’ and added that the name of the restaurant, La Sosta, may have given that away.