A young man from Dorset has pleaded guilty to racially abusing a man during the Royal Bath and West Show.

Benjamin Richard Doggrell, of Bishops Down near Sherborne , appeared at Yeovil Magistrates Court on Friday (June 23) to face charges relating to an incident which occurred at the Shepton Mallet showground on June 3.

Doggrell, 21, had been due to appear before the court last Tuesday (June 20) but failed to appear, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

He was charged that, on June 3 at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, he used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour designed to caused harassment, alarm or distress to Tunde Sanni.

Doggrell pleaded guilty to the charge, and the magistrates ruled that the incident had been racially aggravated.

He also admitted being in breach of an 18-month conditional discharge order, which had been imposed at Weymouth Magistrates Court on August 10.

The magistrates made a determination not to impose the conditional discharge, but fined Doggrell £150 and ordered him to pay £150 compensation, a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 costs, which must be paid by July 7.

WG Note: Doggrell’s father is the huntsman of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. In September 2016, Benjamin Richard Doggrell, 20, of Brokewoord Farm, Bishops Down, Sherborne, admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. Discharged conditionally for 18 months and ordered to pay costs of £85. 

Hunt Details: Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt

Source: Somerset Live