A man has been convicted of racially abusing a Muslim pharmacist who refused to sell him the morning after pill on “ethical” grounds.
Chris Mellett, 29, and Kaye Walsh, 36, had gone to Sainburys pharmacy in Ashton late on a Sunday afternoon to buy the pill after their usual form of contraception failed on Friday night. When pharmacist Mohammed Parvez told the couple he could not sell them the pill, Mellett, formerly of Shelley Grove, Droylsden launched a torrent of racial insults, Tameside magistrates heard. Prosecuting, Thomas McCabe said: “The defendant shouted: ‘United Kingdom, Great Britain, not for people like you!’ He was red-faced and angry and shouted: ‘Shut your ******* mouth you black ******* you don’t know what you’re talking about.'” Mellett then complained to duty manager David Lawrence telling him: “If I was in his country I would kneel on a mat and bow East. In this country he should obey our rules.”
The store arranged for a pharmacy in Denton to stay open an extra five minutes, but the couple, who had Ms. Walsh’s children — Philip, 17, and Sophie, five — in tow insisted there wasn’t enough time to get there.
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