UK man charged with hate crime for using slang slur while minding his business on his own property

UK man charged with hate crime for using slang slur while minding his business on his own property

[Ed. – For the Yanks: “tinks” is a slang word referring to gypsies.]

IAN MacGregor had never been in trouble with the law before but 71-year-old was hauled into court after his neighbours overheard his comment. …

A pensioner was taken from his home, locked in a police cell overnight and charged with a “hate crime” after he was overheard using the word “tinks” in his own garden. …

The court was told he was taken from his home by police officers after neighbour Kelly Byrne…reported the comment.

Kelly Byrne and her partner Sandy McDonald, who also has a number of convictions, claimed they were offended by the comment because they believed it referred to them. However, they only reported it two days later. …

His wife Barbara, 67, said: “We were just having a quiet drink in the house when the police came in. The officers were nice and told us that they wouldn’t have done anything about it five or six years ago. … ‘

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