Drunk train passenger quoted Hitler as he racially abused student
A drunk train passenger who quoted Hitler as he racially abused a student on a mainline service was today (Thursday) jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.
Marcel Collard, of Millgate, Newark, turned on the woman after she complained that he was being noisy in the quiet carriage of a Durham to King's Cross train.
Mark Watson, prosecuting, said the student complained to Collard because he was speaking so loudly on his mobile phone.
"Collard was sat at the back of the coach and in drink," Mr Watson said.
"She was listening to music on headphones but could still hear him.
"She approached the defendant and asked him to be quiet in a polite and non-confrontational way.
"The defendant responded with a reference to Hitler. He said Hitler had got it right."
Collard then went on to say to her "You're not British. You're not Anglo-Saxon. It's the skin and the eyes.
"You're a Corbynite. You're a leftie. You're not white. You've not got blue eyes.
"Hitler knew what to do with n.........s and P...s"
Mr Watson went on: "It didn't end there. She got up and he moved close to her. He made another reference to Hitler.
"She describes him as getting into her personal space. He was so close she could feel his breath on her
The victim spoke to the train guard and when Collard got off the train he was spoken to by staff.
Mr Watson said "He denied being a nuisance. He said he didn't mean to cause any offence."
Collard was allowed to go on his way but police later launched a social media campaign to find him and he voluntarily went to see officers.
Mr Watson said the victim was unwell at the time of the incident and was intending to recover at home. He said she was left shaken by what happened.
Collard, 48, admitted a charge of racially aggravated threatening behaviour arising from the incident on 3 February 2018.
The court was told he had two previous convictions for racially-aggravated threatening behaviour.
He was jailed for nine months.
Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: "What you have done is utterly unacceptable. People who travel on the railways are entitled to protection from you.
"It is made worse by the fact that this is not a one-off incident. This is a pattern of offending.
"Given your history of offending this is so serious that it has to be an immediate sentence of custody."
Adrian Davies, in mitigation, said that Collard is currently unemployed having resigned from his job as a result of being prosecuted.
He said that Collard had served as a Reservist in the Armed Forces and volunteered for duty in Afghanistan.
"The real problem this defendant has is that he drinks too much," said Mr Davies.
"He doesn't appear to accept he has a problem with drink.
"He is now unemployed again and will struggle to rebuild his life."