Two Panorama yobs jailed for vile racist ‘Paki’ taunts

June 22, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Two ‘cowardly’ yobs who hurled a string of racist abuse at undercover reporters during a BBC documentary have been locked up for a total of nearly four years.

Sean Ganderton and Martin Durnell systematically ”bullied and threatened” Asian journalists Amil Khan and Tamanna Rahman whilst being secretly filmed on Panorama.

Ganderton was caught telling Mr Khan he should walk in the road because then it would be ”Bye bye Paki”, before punching him in the head.

The unemployed pair hung around the streets drinking, kicking footballs at the couple, threatening to hit them and ‘cut their throats’.

Ganderton, 23, and Durnell, 18, both of Southmead estate, Bristol, admitted racially aggravated harassment or putting people in fear of violence.

Judge Michael Roach jailed Ganderton for two years and sent Durnell, 18, to youth custody for 21 months at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.

He said: ”Your behaviour in this eight to ten week period was utterly abhorrent.

”In a cowardly way you bullied and threatened the two people. On one occasion, Mr Ganderton, you punched Mr Khan.

”This behaviour can only justify a custodial sentence. It will not be tolerated. Whenever this behaviour comes to court, immediate custody will follow.

”I’ve no doubt Miss Rahman and Mr Khan were utterly distraught by what you did; and who could blame them?”

Mr Khan and Miss Rahman moved onto the Estate in Southmead, Bristol, and spent eight weeks secretly filming the Panorama documentary last June.

In that time, the reporters claimed they were victims of attempted muggings, racial insults and had waterbombs, glass and rocks thrown at them.

Some of the abuse, including that by Ganderton and Durnell, was broadcast as part of  programme, which was aired in October.

The court heard that the very first time Miss Rahman went outside her property Durnell said: ”They’re living everywhere now.”

And over the following days and weeks involved the couple were subjected to comments including ”What’s that smell” and ”You shouldn’t be living here.”

On one occasion, Ganderton bared his backside to her, before Durnell kicked a football at her and one of the pair shouted ”I’m going to cut you up.”

The court also heard that Ganderton threatened to cut Miss Rahman’s throat and Durnell told her to give him her handbag.

When the couple were together, they told Mr Khan he ought to be walking in the road because then it would be ”Bye bye Paki,” before Ganderton punched Mr Khan on the side of his head.

Ganderton was arrested in October last year, was shown the Panorama film and admitted it was him but denied he was a racist.

Durnell was arrested in November last year, and whined that he had been ‘trapped’ by the undercover filming.

Two 11-year-old boys who were also filmed giving the couple abuse were given a curfew and parenting order respectively by the youth court.

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