Evicted tenant sent ‘deeply offensive’ racist messages to former landlord in row over £800


Abusive Dane Lloyd sent racially offensive messages to his former landlord – more than three years after being evicted by him.

The 31-year-old got drunk and sent the WhatsApp messages to the victim after believing he had been left £800 out of pocket.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the messages were sent on March 28.

Prosecutor Emma Thompson said: “The injured party received a series of messages via WhatsApp from a number he knew to be the defendant’s, who was a former tenant.

“They were abusive and contained some very unpleasant words. The injured party had not had any contact with the defendant for three-and-a-half years and the messages came out of the blue. He said their friendship had broken down when he had to have the defendant removed from one of his properties.”

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Lloyd, of Crown Bank Crescent, Talke Pits, pleaded guilty to sending by a public communication network offensive or menacing messages.

Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said: “The injured party was a former landlord of the defendant. He had given a deposit of £800 cash. The victim did not uphold his side of the bargain and the defendant found himself homeless again and £800 out of pocket.

“He had been drinking and recounted the story to his girlfriend so it was on his mind, so he sent the messages.

“He is remorseful and ashamed of himself. He had a difficult childhood and has been out of trouble since 2007. He has turned his life around and is kicking himself for blotting his copy book in this way.”

Magistrates described the messages as ‘deeply offensive’ and fined Lloyd £320.





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