A MAN has been fined for racially abusing a white police officer during an arrest at his home in Worcester.

Israr Mohammed appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 10, and admitted making the insult at PC Potter.

Prosecuting, Sarah Hurd said police were called to a disturbance at Mohammed's home in Ransome Avenue on July 24.

Neighbours called the police after hearing an argument, and seeing property damaged.

Mohammed was arrested for damaging the property - charges which were later dropped as it was his own property - but during the arrest he uttered the racist insult on two occasions, which he was further arrested for.

Defending, Mark Sheward explained Mohammed became upset over the wrongful arrest, as he knew he had damaged his own property, and had been drinking before the incident.

Mr Sheward said he had later apologised to officers for using the insulting language, and had suffered from depression and anxiety since the incident.

Mr Sheward said: "It was not the worst language in the world. And it is not the worst language that has passed through these courts."

The chairman of the magistrates bench said: "You would not have made this point, if it was the other way round."

Mohammed was ordered to pay £285, which included a fine of £120 and costs including a victim surcharge.

During sentencing, Mohammed was also challenged on why he was laughing during court proceedings, by the chairman.