The director of a Brighton waste business has been jailed for four months for racially abusing a pregnant woman in a Brighton pub.
Christopher Gargan, 55, who helped set up KSD, at Patcham Place, in London Road, Brighton, and co-owns Whitehawk FC, was jailed at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (23 June).
Gargan, of Malthouse Lane, Hurstpierpoint, was found guilty by a jury of causing racially aggravated alarm and harassment and distress to a 24-year -old woman in the Fiveways pub in Ditchling Road, Brighton, on 23 April last year.
The victim, a young woman of Jamaican background, who was also eight months pregnant, had been sitting quietly with her partner and family, helping her nieces with a colouring book.
Gargan, a complete stranger to her, came up behind her and racially insulted her.
She and her family were shocked and contacted Sussex Police who made inquiries at the pub, leading to the identification of Gargan as the offender.
In sentencing, Judge Anthony Niblett said the word used was “totally abhorrent and had no place in today’s society”.
He also told Gargan that his standing in society had “made him think he was above the law”.
PC Chris Clarke said: “Gargan denied the offence throughout and it was only the steadfast evidence of the victim and family, together with CCTV from the pub, that enabled justice to be done. Such behaviour is offensive and will always be investigated.
“This sentence sends out a clear signal that we will take a robust approach to those who target individuals based on their disability, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation.
“I hope this case will encourage other victims of hate to report such behaviour to the police.
“Hate crime can be reported to us online at https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online or by calling 01273 470101, or 999 in an emergency.”