Hampshire man fined for racist insults to children at Ageas Bowl international cricket

The Ageas Bowl cricket ground at Hedge End.

The Ageas Bowl cricket ground at Hedge End.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

THREE children were subjected to racist abuse during a major international fixture at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl cricket ground.

The youngsters, aged 11, 13 and 14, had returned to their seats after buying food during England’s clash against South Africa this summer – only to find three men had taken their places.

When the siblings asked them to move, a court heard, one of the men, John Guinelly, said: “I don’t understand – are they talking Dutch or something?”

Southampton Magistrates’ Court was told how the 44-year-old then used racist comments as he was being asked by a steward to move.

But his offensive behaviour did not end there, the court heard.

Once they had reclaimed their seats, one of the youngsters went to meet his father to collect some extra clothing for the evening session.

And as Guinelly was being spoken to by stewards and police, he spotted the teenager and unleashed another racist insult, the court heard.

Guinelly, of Powerscourt Road, Portsmouth, did not appear for the hearing, but instead sent a letter to court indicating he would plead guilty to racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

He claimed he had not intended to cause alarm and described it as “friendly banter”.

Magistrates described his actions towards the children as “threatening and abusive” adding that the trio, who were not with adults, had been in a “vulnerable” position.

Guinelly must pay each victim £500 and £65 court costs.

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2:27pm Mon 14 Jan 13

elvisimo says...

friendly banter with 11 - 14 year olds?! - p**ed scum bag.
friendly banter with 11 - 14 year olds?! - p**ed scum bag. elvisimo
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4:58pm Mon 14 Jan 13

sparkster says...

Exactly, how ignorant, whats the matter with live and let live, the children weren't doing him any harm, they were there to enjoy the game, if Guinelly can't go to a game for that purpose then perhaps he should stay away
Exactly, how ignorant, whats the matter with live and let live, the children weren't doing him any harm, they were there to enjoy the game, if Guinelly can't go to a game for that purpose then perhaps he should stay away sparkster
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7:16pm Mon 14 Jan 13

georgetheseventh says...

What or who is that BIG pink face at the back of the crowd ?
What or who is that BIG pink face at the back of the crowd ? georgetheseventh
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10:18pm Mon 14 Jan 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

georgetheseventh wrote:
What or who is that BIG pink face at the back of the crowd ?
Its the back view of someone wearing a baseball cap ! should of gone to spec savers George !
[quote][p][bold]georgetheseventh[/bold] wrote: What or who is that BIG pink face at the back of the crowd ?[/p][/quote]Its the back view of someone wearing a baseball cap ! should of gone to spec savers George ! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
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8:56am Tue 15 Jan 13

cliffwalker says...

You do wonder, if a 44 year old man is prepared to behave like this in front of a big crowd, what might he have done if no one was watching?
You do wonder, if a 44 year old man is prepared to behave like this in front of a big crowd, what might he have done if no one was watching? cliffwalker
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