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John Terry's father 'racially abused' man in cigarette row

  • 17 March 2014
  • From the section London
Edward Terry
Image caption Edward Terry denies racially-aggravated common assault

The father of former England captain John Terry headbutted and racially abused a man in a drunken row over a cigarette, a court has heard.

Ted Terry, 59, allegedly attacked railway worker Amarjit Talafair after several hours drinking in the City of London on 22 March.

The Old Bailey heard Mr Terry used threatening and racist language, including the word "Paki".

Mr Terry, from Grays, Essex, denies the charges.

'Racist threats'

The court heard that Mr Terry was with co-defendants Stephen Niland, 36, and Tudor Musteata, 47, when someone asked Mr Talafair and his friend Scott Faal for a cigarette outside a pub.

When the pair said they did not have any cigarettes, it is alleged that Mr Terry swore at Mr Talafair and used racially abusive language before headbutting him just below the nose.

Image caption Stephen Niland (left) and Tudor Musteata both deny racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence

Mr Terry then went to Fenchurch Street station and racially abused and threatened a cleaner with a bottle, saying: "I'll smash it over your head", the court heard.

Prosecutor Alex Chalk told the jury: "This is a case about racist threats, racist abuse and, it is alleged, racist violence directed towards a member of the public who happens to be Asian."

Mr Terry denies one count of racially-aggravated common assault and one count of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Mr Niland, from Romford, Essex, and Mr Musteata, from Greenwich, south-east London, each deny one count of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

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