A man who shouted racial abuse at a woman in a row over rent arrears will learn his fate next month.
David Kerr, 48, was angry with a statement which claimed he owed more than he thought and when she asked him not to drink alcohol in a public area he flipped.
Kirklees Magistrates Court heard yesterday that he pleaded guilty to a charge of racially aggravated harassment.
Huddersfield magistrates heard the trouble began at 9.45am on August 30 at Laurel Court, a home for people with learning difficulties based in Primrose Hill.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said the employee asked if he could wait while she printed out details of the arrears.
She said: “He was drinking alcohol and she told him it was against the rules to drink in the public area of the building and he had to go back to his room."
He then racially abused her.
The prosecutor added: “She phoned the police because of the abuse and him drinking in a communal area. The police arrived and the defendant was arrested.”
Interviewed by them he said he couldn’t remember using the particular words ascribed to him but then he admitted he had used those words.
He said he had been drinking and he wanted to apologise for his actions.
Mitigating, Peter Hampson, said: “It was an unfortunate incident. He accepted that what he said was completely unacceptable.
“It does appear that drink is the problem. He was recently hospitalised for trying to give up alcohol.”
Granting the defendant unconditional bail until his next appearance on October 2, chairman of the bench, Barry Bedford, said: “It seems you need some help. It’s not pleasant what you did.”