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York race row man Michael Golden is jailed
A RACIST who had feuds with two neighbours has been jailed and banned for life from the block of flats where they all lived.
Michael Golden, 52, hurled racial insults at one resident and accused her of being a drug addict, said Simon Kealey, prosecuting.
He injured a second resident by throwing a bottle in his direction and threatened him in the street.
Judge Shaun Spencer QC told Golden: “These offences arise out of feuds which you were carrying on with your neighbours in a block of flats”. Golden was jailed for nine months at York Crown Court.
The judge also made a restraining order to last indefinitely banning Golden from contacting either victim or going within 100 metres of Peppercorn House, Peppercorn Close, Holgate.
Golden used to live at Peppercorn House and plans to live in Kingston Park, Newcastle, after his release from prison. He pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to and harassing the second victim and racially aggravated harassment of the woman victim.
His solicitor Colin Byrne said he had a “long-standing feud” with the second victim and tended to drink too much.
Mr Byrne said: “Owing to excessive consumption of alcohol, minor issues have inflated themselves in the defendant’s mind and caused this dispute to continue.”
Mr Kealey said police gave Golden an official warning because a number of incidents had occurred over a period of time between him and the male victim.
On November 19, Golden confronted the victim in a shop and threatened to “get him down”.
Later the same day, Golden blocked his path when they encountered each other in the street and again threatened him.
The victim reported similar incidents occurred “on a daily basis”.
On January 4, Golden had something with a wooden handle in his waistband when he threatened the victim. Golden denied a charge of carrying a knife in public, which was left on file.
On both December 7 and 29, he shouted racial abuse at the woman’s window from the street.
Released on bail for the harassment offences, on April 5 he threw a bottle at a wall near where the man was standing. Some glass ricocheted and cut the man’s head.
Mr Byrne said since being remanded in custody, Golden, who suffered from depression, had been getting regular medication. He had been able to think about his actions and with help could moderate his behaviour.